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City's First Police K-9 Unit to Have Its Day

City's First Police K-9 Unit to Have Its Day

(By Jackie Finn-Irwin, Creative Commons)

Tribune-Review

April 17, 2011

Latrobe, Pa. — Anita Bigo always said if she ever owns another dog, she would name it Rocky.

The Latrobe chiropractor, however, could never predict how much the next dog she purchased would cost or who she would be buying it for.

Two days after Latrobe City Council approved a letter of agreement with the city’s Police Department to establish a K-9 unit, Bigo presented the department a $10,000 check toward the purchase and training of a police dog.

“For a long time, I’ve thought this town has needed a police dog,” said Bigo, who has been operating out of her Weldon Street office for 55 years. “Over the years, a lot of elements in the town have moved around, and it has become crowded with some people who are not very nice.”

Police Chief James Bumar said Bigo’s donation should cover the purchase and training of a German shepherd, which, per an agreement with Bigo, will be named Rocky.

“This $10,000 will help us get started right away,” Bumar said. “This kind of generosity is overwhelming. Dr. Bigo has really stepped up for the city of Latrobe.”

Bumar said he was approached by Bigo about a month ago asking how much it would cost to purchase a dog. After consulting with her financial adviser, Bigo said she felt the urge to “get the ball rolling.”

“A lot of people in this town could have done this,” Bigo said. "I got the idea and went to (Bumar) and said, ‘This is it. We’re not going to shelve this idea, we need a dog.’


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    Gregory907

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    After finishing my 8 year tour in K-9 I am glad to see people like this step up and support our K-9 Units! All of us could use more support from citizens like this. When you need a dog on a call... there just is no substitute. You need a dog!

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    RetCincyDisp

    over 3 years ago

    164 Comments

    Wonderful! Thank you Mrs. Bigo for stepping forward to help where you saw a need. I'm sure your kindness will never be forgotten.

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    Rogue1

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    Way cool!

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    PETE114

    over 3 years ago

    1396 Comments

    It's nice to see this story especially when Departments are cutting K9 programs to save money.

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    AWESOME this is what the world needs more of, caring compassionate people.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    There are good people out there and Mrs Bigo is one of them.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    kudos to Bigo to stepping up and helping the Department so they can help others.

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Thank you Anita Bigo, for your financial support, and your support in general. We need more citizens like you working with us to make things better in our communities.

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    EMT2008B

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    $10,000 is a lot of money. A K-9 Unit is a priceless addition. I'm happy to see another K-9 Unit out there supporting out LEOs. Thank you for helping keeping our family safe with your donation!

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    FCPD0341

    over 3 years ago

    792 Comments

    Good to go

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    David4946

    over 3 years ago

    1326 Comments

    Awesome.

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    lilweir09

    over 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    Nice to see some one step up and support the local LEO's!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11214 Comments

    Kudos to Anita Bigo, Tractro Supply and the vet for not just talkling about doing someting, but for going out and making it happen !!!!

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    sheriff950

    over 3 years ago

    5364 Comments

    Wow, that is really great and will be great for your community...

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    copper5817

    over 3 years ago

    892 Comments

    Wow, what a greta show of support for your community! Thank you!

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