STRATFORD, Conn. -- The Trap Falls Kennel Club is raising $12,000 to support the Stratford Police Department’s purchase of a police K-9 through a GoFundMe page .
The Stratford Police Department is in need of a new K-9 to add to the force. Department officials said each time a K-9 is retired or leaves the force, they have to replace them at significant cost.
The $12,000 raised by TFKC through the GoFundMe page will be donated directly to the Stratford Police Department so they are able to bring a new K-9 to Stratford. AKC Reunite will also provide matching funds of up to $5,000 to help the department purchase their new police K-9.
In 2013, Trap Falls Kennel Club spearheaded the effort to bring a new police K-9 to Newtown after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, which stretched Newtown’s resources, and the unexpected early retirement and passing of K-9 Baro. Newtown was faced with not having a working police dog among its ranks. Baro, who directly responded to Sandy Hook, was missed greatly by law enforcement and the community.
The organization has also helped raise funds for the Orange, Redding, Monroe, Westport and Fairfield police departments.
Anyone wishing to donate directly to Stratford Police Department can mail a check payable to the “Stratford Police Department K-9 Fund” to the Stratford Police Department, 900 Longbrook Ave., Stratford, CT 06614, ATTENTION: Chief’s Office, K-9 Fund.