BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - Most of us have seen K9 units for as long as we can remember, but the handlers and agencies are still learning what the need to do to be effective. That's where the Georgia Police K9 Foundation comes in.
Deputy Gismo from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office helps sniff out drugs and catch bad guys as much as the officers with two legs. He's one of several police K9s in Bulloch County. When the dogs retire, there's no local, state, or federal funding to cover their medical bills on behalf of whoever adopts them. Local handlers organized a nonprofit foundation to help better equip current teams and care for dogs after their career.
"We quickly found out people want to know more about the dogs, from the time they're puppies all the way through their retirement," said APO Kyle Briley, Georgia Police K9 Foundation.
They hope their "Evening for the K9s" this Saturday night at The Belle House will raise money but also awareness of K9 teams all over the state. A silent auction and raffle will be included as well as food and beverages. Tickets are $20 apiece. For more information about the event, click here.
Besides working their own jurisdictions, these units help other counties in the area all the way down to the Georgia Ports and anyone else who needs them.