ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office welcomed two new dogs to its department Friday.
“Copper” a 9-month-old Labrador retriever and a 3-month-old labradoodle who is still without a name made their debut.
A KRQE News 13 public records request says the department spent nearly $2,700 on the labradoodle. BCSO says the money used to purchase and train the canines came from asset forfeiture, not their budget. Those are assets seized during the course of law enforcement work then used to benefit the department.
This is coming at a time when the department is making deep cuts, but they say the dogs will help victims of drug endangerment, along with physical and sexual abuse.
“We want to make sure we have every tool, every opportunity, to give people help so these are the main reasons why these canines are on board,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales.
BCSO is taking input from the community to help name the labradoodle.