The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation announced that they plan on purchasing a new k-9 for the Pittsburgh police department after they lost K-9 officer Rocco in the line of duty.
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation started when a police K-9 was shot and killed where I grew up, in Findlay, OH. My family and I were moved by what that dog meant to the police force, and learned that similar K-9′s all over the country are helping to keep our communities safe. This last week, a K-9 officer named Rocco was killed in my current hometown of Pittsburgh. After talking with officer Phil Lerza and getting his blessing, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation would like to announce that we are going to get Officer Lerza a new dog. Rocco can never be replaced, but we only hope to help with the healing process and to provide Officer Lerza with another loyal partner.
The Pittsburgh PD typically spends about $6,500 to $8,000 for a new untrained dog.