Two of four K9’s with the Bellevue Police Department are expected to retire soon and that means they’ll need two more, so Saturday officers held a fundraiser at Karray’s Café in Bellevue.
People could come by and meet the K9’s, then go inside and get a good meal. All of the tips went towards the K9 fund. Some officers even waited tables to try and get extra money.
Jim Bartley, head of the K9 Unit, said the dogs are an important part of the department. "A lot of times we show up on a call and the fact that the dog is there intimidates some people into complying. We use dogs to locate bad guys, locate evidence, and locate narcotics, so they’re a great tool. They are used all the time."
There were also activities for the kids like face painting and balloons. Some other people were also selling baked goods and the money went towards the K9 Fund.
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