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Sharpsburg Police selling T-shirts to support K-9 unit

| Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Sharpsburg Police Officer Jeff Hussar speaks to council about bringing a K-9 program to the borough. Council approved the proposal in a 6-1 vote on July 20, with Brittany Reno dissenting.
Christine Manganas | For the Tribune-Review
Sharpsburg Police Officer Jeff Hussar speaks to council about bringing a K-9 program to the borough. Council approved the proposal in a 6-1 vote on July 20, with Brittany Reno dissenting.

The Sharpsburg Police Department is seeking support for its K-9 program that is expected to begin in April.

Members are selling sweatshirts and T-shirts through Oct. 23, with proceeds to benefit the K-9 fund.

“Sharpsburg K-9 Proud” merchandise costs between $15 and $31. Officer Jeff Hussar said the department needs to sell at least 100 shirts to get the shirts printed and delivered by early November.

They have sold about 40 shirts so far, he said.

A K-9 unit will cost about $34,000, Hussar said, and the borough has raised about half of that so far from donations.

Residents, businesses and the Pittsburgh Foundation all have given to the fund, Hussar said.

He plans to attend a six-week training course at Shallow Creeks Kennel in Mercer County in March and the hope is to have the patrol and narcotics dog in Sharpsburg by the end of April.

Fundraising will continue through winter.

“We've applied for grants through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation,” Hussar said, adding that he's reached out for support from state Rep. Dom Costa and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala's office.

To order a shirt, call 412-781-0546 or visit stores.sparklesbyshell.com/sharpsburgk9.

Christine Manganas is a freelance writer.

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