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Bismarck Police K-9 Luna

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An individual "passionate about dogs" donated $10,000 to the Bismarck Police Department to purchase a new K-9 service dog, following the department's recent loss of K-9 Luna.

"Animals are my passion, especially dogs, and I know how important they are in our military and law enforcement," Peggy Dittberner wrote in an email, in which she asked the BPD to accept her donation.

A police dog costs about $9,500. Dittberner, who has volunteered in in the BPD's records department for the past five years, asked that the remaining $500 be used to purchase supplies and equipment for the new K-9. 

Because of Luna's unexpected death, no funds were set aside in the 2018 budget to replace her, Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin said.

The BPD has two K-9s, who are dual-trained for narcotics detection and patrol work.

"The Bismarck Police Department is invaluable to the community," Dittberner wrote. "They do a wonderful job serving and protecting Bismarck."

The Bismarck City Commission authorized the acceptance of the donation at its meeting Tuesday night.

(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.)​

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