VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – People have donated more than $40,000 to the Vancouver police’s K-9 fund after its police dog was fatally stabbed during a confrontation.
The Columbian newspaper reports Vancouver police plan to buy a new dog to add to their force by spring.
Ike, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois who died last month, was answering a suspicious person call on Sept. 1 with Officer Jack Anderson. Jackie Karuo has been charged with a number of crimes, including harming a police dog.
A police dog can cost between $8,000 and $10,000. That doesn’t include training, veterinary and other expenses.
Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp says new police dogs require about 400 hours of training.