By Casey Crowley

The Baker City Police Department had its third-annual Drug Prevention K9 fundraiser Saturday but the department’s money-raising campaign didn’t start, or end, there.

This year the police department is also selling miniature stuffed versions of Capa, the department’s drug-detecting canine officer, to raise money for the program.

The stuffed animals went on sale on Dec. 3 for $20 each. They come with a collar with a dog-tag in the shape of a dog bone and a vest with the BCPD logo on it and the name “BCPD K9.”

The department bought 50 stuffed animals and as of Friday 20 had been sold.

During Saturday’s fundraiser the department sold at least four more.

Sgt. Wayne Chastain, Capa’s handler, said the stuffed animals have been selling like hotcakes.

He got the idea from the Oregon City Police Department, which sold stuffed animals to raise money to cover veterinary expenses for retired canine officers. Chastain hopes that BCPD will eventually use the money made from selling stuffed animals for the same purpose.

See more in the Dec. 10, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.