It's a tough gig. Tackling, sniffing out narcotics and bombs — they can do things no human can.
The first class of highly trained German shepherds in the Glendale Police Department's K-9 unit are nearing a well-deserved retirement, when they will go home with their current handlers. Now, supporters of the program are in a mad dash to raise $100,000 to buy new dogs. It's a tall order, given the state of the economy and its pinch on the usual funding sources.
The K-9 program has always been donor-supported, with minimal city resources going to keep it running. That means it's incumbent on the community these dogs serve to step up and put their money where their gratitude is.