The New Year could bring the Huntington Police Department its largest canine unit in history.
The unit currently operates with six dogs and five handlers. The department hopes to complete the transition later this month with a 7th canine.
Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the success of a 7th dog could bring a better handle on busting narcotics, finding missing people or eluding police.
The cost of the additional police dog would range from 6 to 10 thousand dollars. That does not include the necessary equipment and training.
All money for the canine will come from donations provided to the City of Huntington Foundation.
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