Holt said the police department’s K-9 Unit has five dogs on the street: Four all-purpose animals and one narcotics dog. The all-purpose animals are used in searches. The narcotics dog is mostly used in traffic stops.
The department needs new dogs because it lost two in the last year, one with cancer and one because of a spinal injury. Two other of the K-9 Unit dogs are about 10 years old, which means they will soon have to be retired, Holt said.
The department would like to get two or three new dogs as soon as possible, because it takes about six months to a year to get them acquainted with their handlers, he said.
All-purpose dogs cost $10,000 to $13,000. Narcotics dogs are $5,000 to $6,000 each, Holt said.
You can help
The Muskogee Police K-9 unit accepting donations for new dogs.
Mail contributions to Muskogee Police Department, in care of the K-9 Unit, 112 S. Third St., Muskogee, OK 74401.
Reach Liz McMahan at 918-684-2926 orClick Here to Send Email