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UPDATE: Grant County Sheriff's Office seeking donations to get K9 program off the ground

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The Columbia Basin Foundation has partnered with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to receive donations for the K9 Project. The Columbia Basin Foundation has partnered with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to receive donations for the K9 Project.
GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -

Update: Since launching the campaign to get a K9 program for the Grant County Sheriff's Office, $21,292 has been donated so far. See our previous story below for information on how to donate.

Previous Coverage:

It has been more than 20 years since the Grant County has had K9 units, but they are looking to bring the pups back and need your help. 

The Sheriff's Office is seeking funding for a Patrol K9 Program and is asking the community for donations. 

"With the changes in criminal activity in Grant County, we need the added skills of trained K9 teams to track down criminals, find explosives, rescue lost or missing persons, locate contraband in correctional facilities and serve as a deterrent to those who may want to assault a deputy," a release said on the department's Facebook page Friday. 

But getting the program off the ground is going to cost a bit of money. $122,000 to be exact. 

The four K9 teams will cost about $30,500 each. That includes: 

• $16,400 for one fully trained and certified K9, training for the handler, vehicle equipment, transport cage and a 5-year health and working guarantee on the K9;

• $3,000 travel and per-diem per handler;

• $2,700 for a kennel system;

• $900 for a bullet and stab-resistant vest for the K9;

• $7,500 toward a climate controlled trailer for the four K9s.

The names of the top 50 contributors will be applied in vinyl lettering to the K9 transport trailer. 

The Columbia Basin Foundation has partnered with the Grant County Sheriff's Office to receive donations for the K9 Project.

The Columbia Basin foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3. Those wishing to make donations for the K9 program can do so by sending them directly to the Columbia Basin Foundation. Please address the check payable to COLUMBIA BASIN FOUNDATION with GCSO SPECIAL PROJECTS FUND/K9 on the memo line.

Please send the envelope addressed to:

Donn Cook, Executive Director

Columbia Basin Foundation

234 1st Ave NW Ste B

Ephrata, WA 98823

Please call Donn at 509-754-4596 with questions on how to donate and for confirmation, or email dcook@columbiabasinfoundation.org.

Columbia Basin Foundation's Tax ID number is 91-1733104.

Donors can also make a contribution online through the Columbia Basin Foundation website: www.columbiabasinfoundation.org Click on the green “Donate” button. CBF accepts payments via PayPal. Make sure to type GCSO K9 Fund in the box provided.

You can also make your donation at the Sheriff's Office in the Law and Justice Building, 35 C-St NW in Ephrata. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Businesses or individuals may choose to fully or partially sponsor the entire cost for a K9. Please contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office to express your wish. 509-754-2011 ext. 2001, or email mearney@grantcountywa.gov.


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