FORTVILLE -- Fortville Police Chief Bill Knauer calls it an "awesome gift."
The Hancock County police department has received $15,000 from the estate of Patricia Pope, a Greenfield woman who died last May.
The money is earmarked for the department's K-9 program. Fortville has one K-9 officer. Oszkar is a Hungarian Belgian Malamouth Shepherd who came to the department last year.
Fortville PD Public Information Officer Patrick Bratton said $15,000 should take care of Oszkar's care and upkeep for some time.
According to Chief Knauer, Pope was a big supporter of the Indiana Canine Assistance Network and many other Hancock County groups.
"What a tremendous gift,: said the chief. "This means that taxpayers will not have to pay anything for several years. I just wanted our citizens to know about this awesome gift on behalf of Patricia Pope."