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Retired K-9s get local support

SHELBURNE-Vermont-based Good Dog! Cookies company recently held a raffle to benefit retired police dogs through Lacey's Fund. The fund was established by Kirk and Loretta Walters of Shelburne in honor of their dog Lacey, with the goal of helping to provide K-9 handlers who are members of the Vermont Police Canine Association with the resources needed to allow their retired canine partners to live out the remainder of their days in good health.

Good Dog! Cookies owner Cris Phelps-Brown said, "We have always made a monthly donation to a Vermont animal rescue organization, but had decided we could have a greater impact by focusing on one organization year-round. We learned about Lacey's Fund from the K-9 handlers at this year's Petapalooza and were amazed that the state or local police agencies don't provide medical care for their police dogs after retirement. The dogs work hard in a stressful job and can be injured or develop serious medical conditions. Once they retire, their handler becomes personally responsible for their care, which can be very expensive."

Tickets for the raffle prize-a basket of dog cookies and dog toys-were sold at Friday Night Live and the Saturday farmers' market last month. The raffle netted $83 for Lacey's Fund, and Cathy Zier of Conyers, Ga. won the basket.

For more information about Lacey's Fund and the Vermont Police Canine Association, log onto www.vtpca.com.

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