Officer Michael Sampere with York Area Regional Police is getting ready to send his partner off into retirement. Brando, a German Shepherd K-9, has been with the department since September 2006, when he was just 13 months old.Years of intense training and fighting crime has worn Brando out. At 7 years old, it's time for him to retire.
But before he takes it easy at Sampere's home later this summer, Brando will need to be replaced on the force.
The Patton Veterinary Hospital in Red Lion will host a benefit for a new K-9 at the Red Lion Elks Club 6 to 10 p.m. March 16.
Tickets are $35 and all proceeds go toward the $13,000 cost for a new dog. The event will include dinner and a silent auction.
Pre-registration is preferred. Businesses who wish to donate items for the silent auction can do so by March 10. Financial donations can be sent to the Patton Veterinary Hospital at 425 E. Broadway Red Lion, PA 17356.
"It's a bittersweet moment," Sampere said of Brando's retirement. "Having worked all these years with Brando and doing so many things together, it's tough to watch him slow down.
Sampere said he's happy that Brando will remain a member of his family and he wants to give Brando the chance to enjoy some relaxation instead of running him into the ground.
". . .The lifestyle and constant hours of work take a toll on their bodies very quickly," Sampere said. ". . .Brando loves to work and I'm sure it's going to drive him crazy knowing I'm leaving and he won't be able to go with me."
When York Area Regional Police will be able to get a new K-9 depends on available dates for training. Before the K-9 can be used by the department, Sampere and the new dog will need to go through four weeks of training to be certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association and for dual purposes in narcotics and patrol duties.
For more information, contact Officer Michael Sampere at 717-741-1259, ext. 474, or at email@example.com.
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