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K-9 Fundraiser Next Week

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The Billings Police Department will hold a fundraiser next week for the K-9 unit.

Currently, the police have two dogs on the unit. Officers say because of smaller budgets they need support from the community. The proceeds from the fundraiser will entirely go to buying two dogs and training two handlers, which costs approximately $17,000.

Handlers and officers say the dogs are essential to keeping Billings safe.

"The dogs can clear a building way faster than officers and it's a lot safer for officers on the street to have the dog go in first and try to locate the person," said Jim Nyquist, K-9 officer.

"It keeps me safe," said Paul LaMantia, a patrol officer. "It keeps my partner safe. The K-9 unit also helps us interdict narcotics that are coming into the city to make billings a safer community."

Most of the unit's work is in narcotics. The dogs go to schools, the airport, and bus depot and also patrol with their handler.

The fundraiser is on August 23 in The Rex parking lot on 2401 Montana Avenue at 5 p.m. There will be live music, food, a silent auction and raffle, and K-9 demonstrations.