K-9's 4 Cops founder Kristi Schiller
At a time when budget cuts are affecting every department in Harris County, Commissioner's Court readily approved the donation of the animals from an organization called K-9's 4 Cops. It was the brainchild of Kristi Schiller.
"It started 15-months ago. I was watching the news and I saw that a dog was killed in Precinct 4. Some kids had stabbed this dog and killed it. I was so heart broken. It was right after the holidays, and I realized the officer without a partner, couldn't be on the street."
Sgt William Thomas with the Sheriff's Dept K-9 unit says they were thrilled to get the new canine officers.
"We got two Belgian Malinois, one giant Schnauzer and one German Shepherd. The German Shepherd is a dual trained dog. He's made to hunt people or lost people, children. He's also made able to track down or smell out hidden narcotics."
There are twelve K-9 units in the Sheriff's Department. Last year they answered over 18-hundred calls for canine assistance. The donation is worth in excess of 60-thousand dollars, but Thomas says the animals are priceless.
"That's correct. Being a backup for that officer. Whenever you might have to send another officer, he might be able to answer a call by himself. Being able to locate narcotics in an area that would take other officers hours to search. I mean, you can't put a put a value on it."
More information on the organization can be found at www.K9s4cops.com.