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Big Ben buys hometown new drug dog

December 1, 2006

This is a touching story and a real class act.

Dog with motorcycle helmetPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger bought his hometown police department in Findlay, Ohio a new K9 dog and protective vest.

The department’s former drug-sniffing canine was shot and killed while off-duty in November, when it wandered into a neighbor’s yard.

What? Did the police dog smell weed in the neighbor’s tomato garden?

From the Post-Gazette article:

The grant is the first issued through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund, a national nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management for athletes, celebrities and others.

“When I received the call that someone wanted to buy us a new dog, I knew it was Ben,” Findlay Police Chief Bill Spraw said yesterday. “It was very, very nice of him.”

Chief Spraw said the cost of a new dog, fully trained to detect drugs and track suspects, is $8,900. He said the vest probably costs about $500.

The money will be used to replace Flip, the only dog in the Findlay Police Department. Flip, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, was shot and killed while off-duty when he wandered into a neighbor’s yard.

OK, you’re thinking it. I’m thinking it. I’ll say it!!!

Wonder if the dog comes with a helmet(Thanks Jason!)

And no, that’s not a Photoshop job on the picture. You can find your dog a motorcycle helmet at Zoomergear.

Big Ben buys his hometown a new K9 | PostGazette.com

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