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Senior Project Aims to Put New K-9 Unit on Patrol

A Columbus North High School Senior says he wants to help Columbus Police purchase a new K-9 unit and hopes his senior project will allow that to happen.

During Tuesday's Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, Dylan Prather, who was a guest of Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix, told board members he has plans in place to approach area businesses to cover the cost of purchasing and training the dog, which is between $13,000 and $15,000. He adds that Columbus Police spend around $1,700 per year, per dog, on food vet bills, etc.

Chief Maddix says that Prather has worked relentlessly on this project. He added that he wholeheartedly supports this project as the department currently has two K-9 Units. Maddix says that ideally, the department would have three so there could be a dog available during each shift. He says as it currently stands, the two K-9's tend to work shifts later in the day.

Prather said he was driven to this project due to his interest in law enforcement.

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:44:00 AM

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