8-Year-old buys new K-9 cop

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. -- There's a new K-9 cop working the streets of Indiana, thanks to a hardworking 2nd grader!

8-year-old Valerie Shaffer was devastated when she heard about ‘Trax’, the Vanderburgh County Police K-9 that was killed last year.

So Valerie got busy!

It costs $15,000 to buy and train a new police dog.

Valerie raised about $1,300 on her own.

Then, others in the community stepped up, and donated the rest!

"It just shows a great support from the community that they reached out, and was able to buy me and the department a new dog, a new partner, that quick,” said Eric Williams from the Vanderburgh County Police.

When asked why she did this, Valerie said, "just to help out because I like dogs a lot."

The police department bought their new K-9 last month.

Now, Ollie the German shepherd is trained and ready for patrol.

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