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Vohne Liche Kennels Director of Military Operations Bobby Roettger and lead trainer Luther McDonald test Baron's ability to bite in water at VLK. Denver, IN.

Vohne Liche Kennels Director of Military Operations Bobby Roettger and lead trainer Luther McDonald test Baron's ability to bite in water at VLK. Denver, IN.  (View larger version)

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  • Many state and local law enforcement agencies do not have the money to replace K9s that have retired or died, leaving experienced handlers without K9 partners.

  • K9s4COPs raises funds to buy K9s for police departments who can't afford them.

  • K9s4COPs is a non-profit organization based out of Houston, Texas.

  • K9s4COPs was formed by Kristi Schiller in June of 2010.

  • Kristi Schiller started K9s4COPs after seeing a news story about Harris County Deputy Ted Dahlin, whose K9 Blek was killed in action on December 22, 2009.

  • A trained dog purchased by K9s4COPs typically costs between $10,500 and $12,500, depending on the level of training.

  • $500,000 was raised at the first fundraiser for K9s4COPs.

  • Liz Carreno is the Executive Director of K9s4COPs.

  • Madisonville is a small town located in Madison County, Texas. The population of Madisonville, TX is around 4,200.

  • Sgt. Jeff Covington is a canine handler from Madisonville, Texas.

  • The Madisonville Police Department is made up of ten full time officers, two reserve officers, and one civilian employee.

  • Madison County, TX is surrounded by water on three of its borders.

  • A buy bust is an undercover police operation where officers buy drugs from a suspect on the street.

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