In response to the Pittsburgh Police Department's tragic lose of Officer Aulf, a highly trained police dog, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh) has secured a $10,000 DCED grant for the Pittsburgh Police Department. The grant is intended to secure and train another dog in the K-9 Unit patrolling the streets of Pittsburgh as soon as possible.
“As we observed the memorial service for this valuable member of our local Police force this past week-end we are reminded of the valor and vital police protection we as citizens are provided on a 24 hour basis, in our homes and communities, Senator Ferlo said.
The funding can be used in any manner the Pittsburgh Police Department deems appropriate to secure, train, house and deploy a new police canine. Under state statute it is a felony in the third degree to torture, mutilate, injury, disable, poison or kill a police animal. This includes dogs as well as police horses.