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Crestview Police Departments K-9's have retired
CRESTVIEW -- Crestview - The Crestview Police Department just lost their only two K-9's.
And the chief says, they don't have the money to replace the dogs or train new handlers.
Six months ago K-9 Rex was retired due to medical issues. Monday the only dog left in the unit, Edo, was also retired.
Both dogs were around eight years old and were having medical problems.
"It came time they are like some of us old guys it came to a point and we've got to retire," said Chief Tony Taylor.
Edo was given to his former handler, Zachary Faircloth, who was recently fired after an internal investigation.
Chief Tony Taylor says the department needs the dogs for tracking, sniffing drugs, and protection.
Some Crestview residents are also worried about safety.
"They can send the dogs in ahead of time and people are afraid of the dogs I think more then they are of policemen, so they're more likely to give up without a fight if they see a dog coming," said Hugh Troyer.
Canines are expensive and the department needs two. Costing around $20,000, but the money isn't in their budget.
The chief plans to ask the city council to approve a separate fund for fundraising. Asking the community to pitch in and help with the cost.
Many people we spoke to say they'd be willing to donate.
"I think we have a great community here a lot of military live here and I don't think it will be a problem," said Pamela Norman.
In the meantime the department is using the Okaloosa County Sheriff Department's canines when needed.
"A wait time of an hour could mean loss of evidence, los of a child, loss of a life, and things like that, so we really need them at our finger tips" said Chief Taylor.
Chief Taylor plans to bring the issue of people donating for the new canines to the Crestview City Council later in November.