Galax Police to host benefit auction for new K9

Local News

GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — Training a regular canine is hard enough, but training a K9 is even harder, not to mention more expensive, which is why the Galax Police Department is organizing a benefit auction to finance a new furry hero.

According to the department, Ajo — the Galax Police search & rescue dog — recently retired due to surgery. In order to support the costs for Ajo’s future replacement, the Galax Police Department announced on Facebook that it is putting together a benefit auction.

The department says the auction will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. However, police say the event will also feature a search dog demonstration by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, live music from Barr’s Fiddle Shop, and a barbecue dinner from Squealers Catering from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Galax Police Department says it uses a multipurpose dog trained for narcotics, patrol, article search, and tracking. In order to pay for the dog and handler training, it will cost approximately $20,000, according to officials.

If you want to donate an item for the auction or submit a financial donation via cash, check, or credit card, please call Matthew LaRaviere at (276) 235-1154.

LATEST STORIES:

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

News tips

Do you have a news tip or breaking news to share with WFXR?  Submit your tip here.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form