The Kent County Sheriff’s Department working to raise $200,000 to add several K-9 deputies to its K-9 Unit.

There are four dogs within the K-9 Unit now. The unit hopes to add five more — two in the jail, two on patrol and a therapy dog. Each K-9 costs about $12,500, which includes several weeks of training depending on the type of job each dog fills.

The department says the dogs are invaluable and irreplaceable.

“To do the work a K-9 could do, you need 20 officers walking around searching a grid and that’s just crazy. I mean, we just don’t have that manpower,” Kent County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Deanna Lude said.

One of the department’s current K-9 deputies, Sabre, is a 4-year-old German shepherd bounding with eagerness to get the job done.

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