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by: PHOTO COURTESY: MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT - This file photo shows Jag training with K9 officer Scott Huteson. Jag had to be euthenized in December 2012.The Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation kicked off a fundraising campaign this month to purchase and train a replacement K9 officer.

Jag was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and had to be euthanized on Dec. 14 despite all attempts to find an effective course of treatment.

He was purchased for the Milwaukie Police Department through public donations and was a much-loved part of the department and the city of Milwaukie. The foundation has started a campaign to purchase and train a new K9 officer, again by public donation.

Since Jag was purchased, the foundation has been raising money for his eventual replacement, noted City Councilor Dave Hedges, secretary of the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation.

“But that day has come all too quickly,” Hedges said.

The cost to purchase and train a K9 officer and handler is $15,000 on average and could be as high as $20,000.

“The foundation has so far raised $10,000 and is actively seeking to raise at least another $5,000 from the citizens of Milwaukie,” Hedges said. “We are seeking 100 people to donate $50 each, giving a total of $5,000 towards purchasing and training a K9 officer.”

As of Jan. 5, the foundation received $700 towards that amount. Donations should be made out to the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation and sent to The Secretary, 5185 SE Elk Street, Milwaukie OR 97222.

The foundation promises that 100 percent of all donations made by check or cash will go towards the intended purpose; none of the donation will be used for any other reason,” Hedges said. “Any donation will be very gratefully received, especially if you can be one of the 100 people who donate $50. Please help us keep the Milwaukie Police Department K9 Unit fully staffed and operational.”

Donations can also be made online at milwaukiepsf.org. The Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation is a registered nonprofit in the state of Oregon. It was founded by members of the Milwaukie Public Safety Committee to raise money for public safety projects in the city of Milwaukie. All the board members are citizens or business owners in Milwaukie, plus Police Chief Bob Jordan. Donations are tax deductable, and a receipt bearing the nonprofit’s state registration number is sent to donors.

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