Hillsborough Police Department proudly boasts two K-9s, Sampson and Talon, a substantial feat considering many small communities the nation over don't even have one.
As evidenced by the thorough demonstrations at the Saturday, April 30, fundraising event, the police dogs provide crucial support to officers—from tracking suspects, finding discarded items, detecting narcotics to even locating lost or missing people.
But Sampson—who turns 10 in July and has worked on the force for eight years—will retire over the summer. Since the training and purchase of a new K-9 costs about $10,000, the HPD and community watch groups have turned to the community for support.
For more information, see the Wednesday, May 4, edition of the News of Orange.