Galax Police to host benefit auction for new K9

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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.


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