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Wasilla police meets crowdfunding goal for new K9 Officer

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Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 1:51 PM AKDT
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The Wasilla Police Department announces that enough money was raised to purchase a new police dog,

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The announcement comes Monday, five months after crowdfunding efforts first began in early-June.

Back in June, Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle said he hoped to raise between $30,000 and $50,000 dollars for the replacement dog. Now in October, the WPD reports that this goal has been exceeded.

"Through a combination of grants, public and business donations, we have received over $56,000," wrote WPD in a

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Previously, Cottle said that if donors contributed a surplus amount of funds, then the money would be used to cover future expense for the K9.

Moreover, WPD states that over 60 percent – more than $33,600 – of the funds came from citizen donations.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support and voice in this matter, and we’re excited to continue the tradition of a K9 Unit at Wasilla Police Department," the department writes. "We appreciate the efforts of the general public, community leaders, business owners and local organizations, who helped us reach our goal."

Once a K9 is formally selected, from the Lower 48, WPD says they will notify the public.

"The training and travel required for the K9 is extensive and only available certain times of the year in the Lower 48," explains the department.

The department also ensures that they will announce when the naming process begins for Wasilla's newest partner.