AKC REUNITE AND LOUISVILLE KENNEL CLUB DONATE $20,000 TO SHEPHERDSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT THROUGH ‘ADOPT A K-9 COP’ PROGRAM – American Kennel Club
AKC REUNITE AND LOUISVILLE KENNEL CLUB DONATE $20,000 TO THE SHEPHERDSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT BY “ADOPT A COP K-9 PROGRAM”
From left to right : Sergeant Burton, Officer Schank, Chief McCubbin, Tracy Pancost, Debbie Owen
LOUISVILLE, KY — AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit animal identification and recovery service provider in the United States, is pleased to announce $15,000 in donations to Shepherdsville Police Department K-9 Units through the sound bias AKC ReuniteSM Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program. Funds were raised through contributions from the Louisville Kennel Club, which donated $5,000 (two K-9 grants) for a total of $20,000, presented ahead of Best in Show at the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows on March 19 .
The Shepherdsville Police Department recently lost two of its K-9s; one retired last month and another, K-9 Officer Dash, was killed in the line of duty on March 9, saving his handler’s life. The dogs work in shifts, so there is always one on guard at all times.
The death of Shepherdsville PD’s K-9 Dash has again had a big impact on the community, says Louisville AKC Delegate Debra Owen. “The whole region here is in mourning – the dogs are like family.”
“It is important for us to be able to provide these departments with the funds they need to obtain K-9 police dogs,” said Tom Sharp, CEO of AKC Reunite. “They are an integral part of law enforcement and help keep the community safe.”
Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin, Sergeant Kyle Burton and K-9 Dash Officer Handler Officer Jeff Schank were on hand to accept the check along with a plaque honoring the K-9 Dash officer.
Learn more about how to get involved with AKC Adopt a K-9 Cop at https://www.akcreunite.org/k9/.