The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office is adding a new 4-legged member to its force.
The National Police Defense Foundation presented the Sheriff's Office with a donation of $5,000 for the purchase and training of a new K-9.
This dog will replace K-9 Blek who died in September.
“The citizens of Queen Anne’s County deserve an active K-9 unit within my agency to focus on the drug issues that are facing not only our county but our nation as a whole” said Gary Sheriff Hofmann.
“With this incredible donation from the NPDF we are 50% of the way to securing a new K-9 which will help keep drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our friends and neighbors.”
Additional donations have been received from the Queen Anne’s County FOP Lodge #108, Ms. Elizabeth Pierson who sold Blek memory bracelets, Centreville United Methodist Church, and Dr. Amy Delano-McNair.
The remaining cost associated with securing this new K-9 has been approved by and will come from the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force which will use seized and forfeited funds from within the county.
K-9 Blek was playing ball when he suddenly collapsed from a seizure. Blek was 4 years old and had served with the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office for 3 years. He died on September 8.