TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute Police Department is honoring one of it's own while also working to get a replacement.
A memorial service is set for K9 Arie. He died recently due to medical complications, according to a department spokesman. Arie served alongside his handler Sergeant Justin Sears since 2011.
Now, the department is seeking donations to buy another dog and new equipment.
K9 Patrol Sergeant Todd Haller says dogs like Arie provide a vital service to the community.
"Over the past several years, we've seen that the dogs do provide an upper level of security both for the handler and other officers that are assisting us on serious calls. Obviously, because the dogs can hear better than we can, they obviously smell better than we can and that's why we use them."
Graphic FX created an online store where people can buy shirts and special coins. Some of that money will go to the police department for a new dog. You can also make donations on the site. The department will need roughly twenty thousand dollars.
News 10 will have more coverage from K9 Arie's memorial service. That is happening Friday at 3 p.m. at THPD Headquarters.
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