January 16, 2013

Busted Facts

  • 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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