Weekend fundraisers, $5,000 donation take K-9s fund over $20K

Cops for K9s

Left, Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor takes customers’ orders Saturday during the Cops for K-9s fundraiser at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. Right, Officer Lucas Kraus delivers customers’ food during the event.

LILIA TAYLOR / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Police Department is more than two thirds of the way to its $30,000 goal needed to acquire and train two police dogs to reconstitute its K-9 unit.

“We have a puppy!” Officer Sam Kimmons said Monday morning. “We have enough to purchase a canine and we’re $125.40 into the next dog.”

By Tuesday evening, however, a more than $5,000 donation from the estate of a late, dog-loving Fort Walton Beach lady brought the fund over $20,000, Police Chief Tony Taylor said.

"Her attorney said this is just the sort of cause she would have liked to support," Taylor said.

Two Saturday fundraisers included a doggie luau at Pawsitively Scrumptious featuring bikini-clad pooches, doggie pools and dog food tastings. The effort raised $300.

At Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, uniformed and civilian-clad officers, including Chief Tony Taylor, raised $1,950 in tips by waiting tables under the restaurant wait staff's supervision.

The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s contribution brought it to third place on the fundraiser’s leader board, Kimmons said. Sonic Drive-Through restaurants are in second place with a $2,000 donation.

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