Pittston Police K-9 ‘Blitz’ to retire, next dog in line comes with a price

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — After serving the Pittston community for 9 years as a police K-9, Blitz is heading to retirement. The fun-loving German Shepherd has helped the department in his years as an officer.

“The K-9 helps us in detecting drugs in vehicles or houses when executing a search warrant as well as giving us an extra sense of protection for our officers because its also a protection dog as well,” Pittston Police Chief Neil Murphy said.

With Blitz headed towards retirement, the Pittston City Police Department is gearing up to buy and train their new K-9, Fritz.

“The actual cost of getting a K-9 is not that much, it’s around $2,500 just for the K-9 but the training is very expensive for the lifetime of the dog you’re looking at around $20,000 as well as looking for an insert to have the dog and prisoner carrier in the same vehicle is a little over $6,000,” Murphy said.

Now, they’re asking the community for help.

“The police actually came in, we had talked to them about doing some fundraising for them and they stopped by and mentioned the K-9 unit was looking for a new K-9,” Kelly Nardone, a project coordinator at Embroidery Factory said.

The fundraiser includes an online store which sells shirts and hoodies made by employees at the Embroidery Factory.

“The press just automatically prints, we have someone working the machine, pulling it off, they run it through the dryer and then they’re all cured and ready to go,” Nardone said.

All the sale proceeds go towards the costs of training Fritz.

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