Wasilla, Alaska (KINY) Donations from the public helped the police department purchase a new police dog after the old one died of cancer.
The effort raised more than $56,000 to purchase and train the dog. More than 60% of the revenue came from donations from citizens. The Department also plans to involve the community in the training and naming of the dog. The previous police dog, Marshall, died in April after a battle with cancer. He was eight years old. The cancer was discovered after the dog underwent surgery. He was the last police dog in the department leaving the department to rely on other agencies for K-9 units commonly used during traffic stops and other searches.