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Charity Group Helps K-9 Officer Needing Surgery

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) - A nonprofit organization based in Centennial is coming to the rescue of a police dog with the Greenwood Village Police Department.

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Back the Blue K-9 Force is footing the bill for a K-9 named Miner, who had to have surgery for an internal blockage.

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"We're really concerned, because if it's a blockage there's a lot of bad things that can happen to a K-9.  So please keep him in our prayers," said Jennifer Leggatt, one of the organization's founders.

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A few years ago she and several friends wanted to raise money to buy protective vests for several police K-9s. They stood outside of drug stores and coffee shops to raise money.

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Those efforts turned into a nonprofit that has not only purchased protective gear for departments, but actual dogs for police forces.

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"We do it because we love the dogs, we're dog lovers. We respect the police and we really think it's a great part of our community," Leggatt told CBS4's Dominic Garcia.

Back the Blue K-9 Force is another example of a community organization helping police departments who can't afford protective gear. As for Miner, his handler says a piece of a toy he ate was causing the blockage, but it's now out.

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His handler hopes he will be back in service in a few weeks.



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