SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The West Jordan Police Department is co-hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, October 13th, to raise funds to replace a K9 officer that has unexpectedly reached the end of her career.
The K9 known as "Kuffs" has worked for the department for five years, but after breaking a third canine tooth, the vet told her master that Kuffs needs to be retired from serving her community.
Police service dogs can cost up to $10,000 so the police department along with the owners of Pendelton's Towing and Dave's Body Shop are sponsoring the event.
In addition to a classic car show, the fundraiser will have demonstrations by the West Jordan Police Department's K9 unit, the Utah Highway Patrol, the Davis County Sheriff's Office, and others.
Superheroes from H.E.R.O.I.C. will be on hand, as well as a bounce house, laser tag, and other activities for kids. Food from local company Braza Grill, a raffle of items sponsored by local companies, and a "Dunk-a-Cop" booth manned by West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond are just some of the activities planned.
Kuffs' career has included hundreds of drug seizures, the catching of multiple fleeing suspects, and even helping to find lost children and endangered people. She has also won multiple awards at police K9 competitions, including third overall "Top Dog" in the Las Vegas 2009 K9 Trials, which is a national competition.
Kuffs' master who has trained, worked, and lived with her for more than five years will continue to care for her after she leaves police service. He says that she's been a great partner and that he will miss taking her to work every day.