Tight budget leads Union Gap to cut K9 unitDecember 27, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) - The Union Gap police department is saying goodbye to "Officer Daisy."
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( http://bit.ly/RkOgWC) that police officials have decided to cut the city's K9 narcotics unit because of budget concerns.
Chief Greg Cobb says Daisy dog was called out to just five incidents in 2012 and in each case to a scene where officers had already discovered narcotics. The dog has been necessary for only one narcotics find in the last three years. The K9 unit was created in 2007.
Cobb says the costs of the unit were likely to be upwards of $50,000 in the next year because of accommodations for the dog on the job, such as the replacement of a specially equipped vehicle with upgraded compartments and an expensive air-conditioning system.
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