During Tuesday night's Newtown Police Commission meeting, the Newtown Kennel Club will donate $15,000 for a new K9 officer for the Newtown Police Department. The donation will cover the purchase and training of a new police dog after the sudden loss of K9 Officer Saint Michael, who passed away in April.
The Newtown Kennel Club donated to the purchase of Saint Michael and gave annual donations for his care, training, and well-being. The organization says the K9 unit plays an important role in the community and they wanted to ensure that funding for another dog was not an obstacle to move forward.
Newtown Chief of Police James Viadero says the partnership that's developed over the years with the Newtown Kennel Club has allowed the department to provide K9 services to the town.
The Newton Police Commission meeting is at 6:30pm tomorrow.