Donations bring back Aberdeen police dog

Donations bring back Aberdeen police dog

Credit: Officer Steve Timmons, Aberdeen Police Department

Six-year-old Nitro has helped nab between 35 and 40 suspects since he joined the Aberdeen Police force in 2005.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:35 PM

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Donations will allow the Aberdeen Police Department to reinstate a K-9 program cut from the budget.

Chief Bob Torgerson said the $57,000 was raised with the support of 43 various civic groups, citizens and the grant by the Tamaki Foundation.

The money will not only put Nitro back to work with Officer Steve Timmons, but it will also pay for a car, kennel and equipment.

Six-year-old Nitro was "laid off" last month.

Torgerson said at the time that laying Nitro off would save the department $12,000 a year, mostly in overtime the city pays Timmons to care for the dog during off hours.

Nitro has helped nab between 35 and 40 suspects since he joined the force in 2005.

The German shepherd's first day back will be on Wednesday.

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