Both dogs will live their retirement life with their respective handlers. Regrettably, the department may also have to retire a third police dog in the coming months, so efforts to raise monies are underway under the leadership of the Salem Police Foundation. Said Bellshaw, “This fundraising project is particularly important as the funds are for the purchase of the animals, as well as for the joint training of the dog and the officer who will be their handler.”
Fundraising is not the only project the police foundation is undertaking as the organization will also be holding a retirement party for the dogs in January at a local venue. Current Salem Police Foundation President Dan Wellert remarked, “We are proud to support our local police department and are ready to help in every way.”
Details on the retirement party will be shared as the date approaches. In the meantime, those wishing to make a donation to the police K-9 fund can contact the Salem Police Foundation. Gifts are tax deductible as the police foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.