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County K-9 is retiring due to cancer



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K-9 EDGE with Cpl Brittany Perley. Edge has cancer and will be retiring after nine years of service to the Sheriff's Department.(Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
February 06, 2014
OSSIPEE — Carroll County Sheriff Domenic Richardi announced this week that the department's K-9 has been recently diagnosed with cancer and will be retiring. Edge, age 10, has been working alongside his handler, Carroll County Sheriff Corporal Brittany Perley, for nine years.

Richardi told Carroll County Commissioners at their Jan. 29 meeting that Edge is now taking medication that is to help keep him performing and alive. Without the medication, Richardi said, Edge was given about three weeks to live but with it his life expectancy is possibly another year. Reportedly Edge is responding very well to the medication and is doing "very good." The medication cost per month is $140. Richardi said this cost will not be included in his 2014 budget, but rather the department is hoping to raise these funds through donations from citizens who want to help Edge.

It was reported at the meeting that Edge has worked 14 times this year, mostly for school search purposes such as assisting other police agencies with searching schools and lockers for drugs.

Edge was obtained through the non-profit Working Dog Foundation. According to that Portsmouth-based group's website, the Foundation is "a single, trusted resource for communities and law enforcement agencies who want to maintain high-quality K-9 programs. In addition to locating and placing qualified dogs, the Working Dog Foundation raises funds and provides facilities for training, testing, and certifying police dogs and their handlers."

Richardi said his department is reaching out again to the Foundation to find a new K-9 to take over Edge's job once he retires. This is a grant process, he said, and expects his department will have no difficulty qualifying for and receiving a new dog to put into service. It is a process, he said, that takes about six months.

Anyone interested in making a donation to help offset the cost of Edge's medication is asked to contact Carroll County Sheriff's Department at (603)539-2284. For more information about Working Dog Foundation, including upcoming fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, visit their website at www.workingdog.org or call (603) 234-1162.

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