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Orland, Calif.-- There's a big fundraiser for the Orland Police Department this weekend - a community softball tournament to help out the only additional staffing to the department since the 1970s: their 2-dog K9 unit.
While a few people of course have come and gone, the number of officers hasn't increased here at Orland PD in almost 50 years, the department brought on their K-9 unit about 7 years ago and officers say the pups have made a significant difference when it comes to search and rescue and narcotics recovery.
But, each dog costs about $10,000 to buy, and costs about $5,000 a year to care for.
"A lot of departments have had to do what we are doing because of budget cuts, funding the K9 program is mostly donation and fundraiser based," said Officer Grant Carmon of Orland PD.
So, for the past 5 years, the community has helped to support this cost with a co-ed softball tournament.
"If it wasn't for the community support we wouldn't be able to have the dogs, having the community support has been tremendous, and luckily the community of Orland has really backed us up," said Officer Carmon.
Carmon says Chief Tolle with be calling the games .. and so far ten teams have signed up, including one form the Butte County Sheriff's Office - but anyone can create a team and come out for the two-day event.
It's $250 to sign up and it all goes to pay for the dogs' care - vet bills, dental, food and gear like little kevlar vests.
If you're not into playing softball you can still come out and support everyone at Lely park this weekend - you may even see the dogs do some police-work demonstrations throughout the day.
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