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Armstrong K-9 in need: Support Officer Klif

| Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The only four-legged officer in Armstrong County's K-9 unit has been benched with an injury and will need costly treatment before he can get back in the game. The District Attorney's Office, which employs Officer Klif and his handler, is looking to the public for donations to cover the medical bill, which is projected to exceed $5,000.

Klif has a bad disc in his back that needs to be fixed. He can't do his job if he's in pain and can't walk.

When the DA's office got Klif six years ago with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, it agreed to pay for the care of the German shepherd that sniffs for bombs and drugs when on patrol in the county and region. Such a commitment is pretty standard for any responsible pet owner. If you don't have the money to feed, shelter, pay for shots or medical treatment, you shouldn't be a pet owner.

It is, however, a sad fact that the poor economic state of the county makes it unable to fully honor its commitment to Klif — that it cannot come up with $5,000 to make good on the promise it made when it got the dog.

The public needs to support this valuable member of our law-enforcement team with donations to get him off the injured reserve list.

You can donate to the Armstrong County DA K9 Fund at any Farmers & Merchants Bank branch. Countians may not be the ones who signed on to take care of Officer Klif, but he works for all of us — and he deserves our support.

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