TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- K-9 Units at the Broome County Sheriff's Office and the Binghamton Police Department received a generous gift earlier this week, as the California Sun-Daze tanning studio presented the units with a donation.
The tanning studio raised over $800 through their 'Furtastic Friday' program, which aims to support local animal organizations throughout the Southern Tier.
Studio co-owner Gina Martinichio told 12 News this program is bigger than just the studio: it's about the animals throughout our community.
"There's such a great need in our community not only for shelters and rescues, but even for K-9s," Martinichio said. "They're working animals. They help us as human beings. They do great service for the Sheriff's office, for BPD."
Deputy Will Andres of the BCSO's K-9 Unit has had his pup, Alan, for three and a half years.
"He is my partner. He lives with me at home. He's with me 24/7 most days," Andres said. "It's a bond you just can't control. I spend more time with him than I do my family."
Andres thankful now that funds are supporting their friendship.
"It's so great because it's so expensive to run a K-9 program. It's kind of like an automobile where you have to do maintenance and fuel it," Andres said. "We have to feed our dogs, we have to go to the vets and then all of the equipment we have."
As to why the tanning studio would do this, the answer is simple: for the dogs.
"We like to give back to the community," Martinichio. "We're grateful and thankful for them and their service."
The studio told 12 News it is always looking to partner up with animal organizations in the area.
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