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WL police close to funding K-9

After months of fund-raising to add a K-9 patrol dog to its staff, the West Linn Police Department is nearing the finish line.

Recently, West Linn Boy Scout Troop 149 donated $1,100 to the fund, bringing the total up to $16,300, said Officer Jim Doolittle.

And this weekend Wash 'n Roll Mobile Pet Grooming from West Linn will donate its van to the canine cause as West Linn police officers wash dogs at the Old Time Fair. Five-minute blow-drying and nail clipping also will be offered and supervised.

'If people would like to donate a minimum of about $25 for a small or medium dog and $35 to $40 for a large dog, (funds will support the K-9 fund),' said Sandra Yates, managing partner of Wash 'n Roll along with her husband, Dave Faul. 'I'd like to turn this into a successful fund-raiser for them.'

In all, about $22,000 is needed to start up the program and cover the costs of training a patrol dog and handler as well as maintenance and equipment.

A patrol dog helps officers find lost or missing persons, searches for and locates evidence or controlled substances, tracks and searches for criminal suspects and makes school appearances representing the department.

Once all funds are raised, an application process will determine which officer is in charge of the dog, said Doolittle, then the dog and officer will be trained. Weekly and by-monthly training also will be required for yearly certifications, he said.

For more information about the K-9 Program, call the West Linn Police Department during business hours at 503-655-6214.