Newtown Police got some mutual aid from the Trap Falls Kennel Club.
"Trap Falls Kennel Club (TFKC) was responsible for spearheading the funding for the 2-year old German Shepherd from Hungary. The Club helped raise over $14,000 toward the purchase and training of this special dog," said Cynthia Sherman, TKFC member.
K-9 Officer Saint Michael ("Saint', for short) was sworn in Thursday, September 19th at the Municipal Offices in Newtown, as the new Police Department's K-9 officer.
"Taxpayers' money and town budgets are not usually earmarked for K-9 officers, but they work tirelessly with their human handlers in tracking criminals down, and search and recovery, and rescue. Trap Falls reached out to other kennel clubs across Connecticut to help with this fundraising effort," Sherman said.
Newtown Kennel Club and Farmington Kennel Club were among the many clubs who contributed to the Newtown K-9 fund. The (AKC) American Kennel Club's Reunite division matched funding to help make the purchase and training of Saint a reality, she added.
Photo Caption (It didn't fit into the box): Bottom row from left to right: TFKC member Cindy Sherman, AKC Director of Communications LIsa Peterson, Newtown officer and K-9 handler Felicia Figol, K-9 officer 'Saint', Newtown officer Matt Hayes, TFKC President, Laura Wells; top row right to left: TFKC members Sarah Murphy, Jan Miller, Lauren Friedman, Cindy Richardson, Chris Sweetwood; AKC Reunite CEO Tom Sharp.