The Alton Police Department effort to raise $15,000 by December 1 to add a second Police K9 to the force got a boost on Monday. Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons presented a check to the city for $1,000 to be put toward the purchase of a police dog. December 1 is the deadline in order to get the dog ready for the next training course in February.
The department is currently operating with one dog, where it had three at this time last year. Alton Police Detective Marcos Pulido would like to become a K9 officer, if the funds can be raised.
The reason a fundraiser is being pursued is because of the city's tight budget - the line item for the dog had to be eliminated. So, for every $1,000 a business, organization or individual donates they will get one vote for the dog's name once it has been purchased. The effort has raised about $10,000 so far in the few weeks it has been around, but they aren't there yet. You can mail a donation of any size to:
Alton Police K9 Fund 1700 East Broadway Alton, IL 62002