Nitro Takes Forced Retirement From The Police Force.
The four legged Aberdeen crime fighter was blind sided by budget cuts. A K9 officer who had a life dedicated to the service was deemed expendable when cost cutting measures were made.
Sky-rocketing unemployment levels hit 14% which means the tax revenue has taken a hit. At a sprightly 6 years old, Nitro is not ready for retirement and you can imagine the feeling of rejection he suffers as his partner goes off to work each day alone.
Once the story of Nitro got out donations started pouring in. At a cost of almost $6,000 to fund Nitro’s job it is no small sentiment that the public are committing to. But they seem to be up to the challenge.
Police chief Bob Torgerson says the reaction of the public has been so overwhelming that the chances are good that K9 officer Nitro will be back on the beat in the near future.
This is good news given the shorted sightedness of firing a police dog. No doubt it cost less to fire a dog than anyone else on staff, and there was undoubtedly no management looking to take a pay cut . . . but the cost of training a K9 officer must be significant. To lay one off for no good reason seems absurd.
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