The first August grant recipient in the Southern Tier Tuesdays campaign is the Southern Tier Police Canine Association.
STPCA came about as a K-9 support organization for area law enforcement agencies. To date STPCA has purchased and trained free of charge and donated over 23 dogs providing them to law enforcement locally, adjoining counties and in other states.
The STPCA impacts many areas of the community by supporting local law enforcement K-9 police in many ways. STPCA provides safety equipment, helps with medical expenses and even purchases the K-9s for the agencies and provides free training. Many of the handlers donate their own time and money to care for their partners.
Through fund raising STPCA has continually provided safety equipment (Heat Alarm Systems, NARCAN, Car Transport Kennels, K-9 body armor) training equipment protective bite suits & sleeves, scent detection training equipment, and actual training locations.
The support from the community allows the association to provide the best possible K-9 service to communities in the Southern Tier. The support comes in the form of monetary donations, fund raisers, allowing access to training locations such as buildings (Huron/IBM) local owners of properties Marchuska’s, Afterhour Tires, private home owners and many others.
Most of the K-9 Teams budgets are limited so when an unexpected medical emergency arises the agencies are not prepared or capable to pay for the procedure resulting in the handler paying for the procedure on their own. The money from this grant will be used for this purpose. Recent examples K-9 Sig back surgery, K-9 Tarah broken teeth, K-9 Ace hip replacement, BPD dog that was poisoned, BPD Dog that ate C4 explosives.