AKC Club Helps Bring K-9 Murphy to
the Monroe Police Department
The Monroe Police
Department just welcomed a very special addition to their police force
-- K-9 Murphy. The German Shepherd Dog was sworn in during a special
ceremony attended by members of the local community on Monday, February
9th in Monroe, Connecticut.
Murphy, an 18-month-old male born in
Hungary, completed his training with his handler, Officer John McAulay,
on January 30, 2015. As a multi-purpose police dog, he is certified in
narcotics detection, tracking, building searches, evidence retrieval,
apprehension and protection through the North American Police Work Dog
Association and Connecticut Police Work Dog Association. Murphy was
purchased and trained through Renbar Kennels in New Milford,
This addition of Murphy to the police force was made
possible in part by the fundraising efforts of Chris Sweetwood from the
Trap Falls Kennel Club.
Unfortunately, many police department K-9
units are suffering budget cuts due to the poor economy, or they are
unable to solicit money due to town and municipality codes. As a result,
some K-9 handlers forgo training or personally fund their dogs’ needs,
and in some communities K-9s may not be replaced upon retirement due to
budgetary restrictions. Costs are high, with dogs averaging $10,000. For
these reasons, many police K-9 units rely on donations to continue their
Sweetwood set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise money
to bring Murphy to Monroe and local residents and dog lovers from around
the country responded. More than $5,000 was donated, with AKC Reunite
supplying a matching grant of $5,000.
"Police K-9s provide an
invaluable service to the communities they work in and Trap Falls Kennel
Club is proud to have played a role in bringing Murphy to Connecticut,"
said Sweetwood. "I thank everyone who donated to the Go Fund Me page; it
was truly a group effort."
We hope that Murphy and Officer
McAulay have a very successful career together. By Stephanie Smith-AKC