K-9 OFFICER RONY sits with some stuffed versions of himself.  submitted photo
K-9 OFFICER RONY sits with some stuffed versions of himself. submitted photo

     WHEN RIPON  OBTAINED  Rony, its K-9 officer, back in spring 2015, Riponites were to be thanked.

     Much like last night’s massive, $15,000 donation to support the Ripon Public Library, the community rallied to bring back a valuable service lost to budget cuts.

     Once again, the Ripon Police Department is hoping Ripon will step up to support the program.

     But this time, it’s not seeking the community’s bucks, but instead its clicks.

     Aftermath, a company that describes itself as “specialists in trauma cleaning and biohazard removal,” is hosting an online contest in which it determines winners based on the number of votes each police dog receives.

     K-9 officers such as Rony who win can receive one of eight grants ranging between $500 and $5,000.

     That’s a lot of dog biscuits.

     SGT. LINDSEY MICHELS found the grant opportunity online.

     “I thought, ‘What a great opportunity to earn our K-9 program some extra money,’” she said. ...
 
          To read the entire column, see the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.