Sheriff's Department: K9 Dogs Are Effective, Expensive & Paid For Out Of Pocket

(FOX 11) The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says it costs between $7,000 to $10,000 to purchase a dog, $25,000 by the time the K9 is ready to work and $5,000 to customize a cruiser for the K9.

K9s and their handlers require mandatory weekly training, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department says the total cost can be $100,000 for the career of one dog.

However, K9 units are not publicly funded. In fact, all expenses are covered by the deputies, handlers, private donations and fundraisers.

The specially-trained dogs can clear an area or building of hiding suspects, weapons, drugs, bombs and locate cadavers in minutes -- whereas it would take humans crucial minutes if not hours to do so.

K9 dogs can be trained in several different areas, including narcotics, tracking and criminal apprehension. They also frequently help locate lost children and adults, sometimes suffering from autism and Alzheimer's.

Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Carver and his K9 parter Tommy visited Good Day LA Tuesday to promote "Dining With The Dogs," a benefit May 2 in Camarillo where attendees can watch some K9 demonstrations and tricks, enjoy a buffet dinner and listen to live music.

If you'd like to attend, the event is from 2 to 6 p.m. May 2 at the Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo and benefits the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Tickets will be available online and a limited amount is for sale at the door.

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