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Help MPD's "Paws for a Cause"
January 14, 2013 - Mike Donahey
“Together, everyone achieves more.”
That axiom is ringing true throughout the Marshalltown community as various businesses, not-for-profits, service clubs and more have been helping the Marshalltown Police Department raise money for a new K-9.
The campaign started several months ago as K-9 Creasy retired due to a medical condition.
MPD established an initial goal of $20,000 and a second, long-term goal of $60,000. K-9's are expensive to purchase and train.
Creasy's retirement left Awol, a hard-working dog, but one with a degenerative muscle disease. Awol helps the department in removing drugs from the street and other public safety issues.
Then Creasy died in December, saddening all in the MPD. Creasy had helped officers find many a hidden suspect.
The department is closing in on the $20,000 goal, but more is needed. That is where staff of the Marshalltown Public Library and others are coming through. For some time the librarians have been urging patrons to donate loose change to the cause.
“Give Your Spare Change for a Good Paws” is the campaign. As of early Monday morning, the library had collected nearly $185 from generous patrons. On Jan. 9 the library hosted a “meet and greet” with Awol, handler Sgt. Melinda Ruopp, and MPD officer Eric Siemens.
A good-sized crowd of adults, teens and youth showed up. They were an eager and inquisitive bunch, asking may good questions that Ruopp and Siemens answered dutifully.
Sarah Rosenblum of the library said the staff urged patrons to donate money, and hosted the meet and greet to support the MPD. The containers will remain at the library until the goal is reached.
To aid the MPD with replacing Creasy and Awol, send a check payable to the Marshalltown Police Department at 22 N. Center St. Write K-9 fund in the memo line.