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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)


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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