Reedley K-9 Fundraiser: Halfway To Goal

Police dogs have been a tradition in Reedley since the 1970's.{} Recently KMPH Fox 26 and Reedley Police joined hands to raise money to replace Baxter the police dog that had to be put down in January due to a terminal blood disorder.

Currently the fundraising total stands at 6500 dollars.{} The goal is to raise $12,000.

Reedley Police Chief Joe Garza had two police dogs for partners back when he was on patrol in the 90's.{} His first dog was Alex a German Shepherd and his second dog Cuervo was a black Shepherd.{} "Really the biggest reason why I enjoyed doing it was just the excitement level.{} You got to do a lot more and you responded to the bigger crimes.{} That's where you were needed."

Mayor Bob Beck is a retired cop in Reedley.{} He had a police dog too by the name of Monso. "That dog will take the place of two or three offifcers.{} If you roll on a call and you have a dog, chances are you're gonna be pretty secure because most guys do not want a part of a dog."

Reedley has one police dog and if $12,000 can be raised a second dog will join the force.{} For a twenty dollar donation Reedley Police have three new K-9 shirts to choose from.{} They are only available at police headquarters.

Twenty dollars will also give you a K-9 Hero.{} The stuffed police dogs are available at Dave's Old Fashioned Sausage, Preheim's Jewelry, The Chamber of Commerce, Reedley Community Center,{} and the Reedley Police Department.

The Sean Walsh K-9 Foundation is also offering assistance.{} It's selling 20 dollar tickets for an incredible meal all day March 27th at Tahoe Joe's at Cedar and Herndon in Fresno.{} The meal includes steak, chicken or ribs with all the fixins.{} Tickets are available at the Reedley Police Department.