Extensive participation in a half marathon and 5K run generated enough money to pay for the city’s new K9 officer.
More than 250 people joined March 19 in the downtown races, which raised $9,350 for Ava, the city’s new drug dog.
“Ava is all taken care of now, and she is ours,” said Riley Johnson, Seneca events coordinator. “We are thankful to everyone that came out and participated and helped with this fundraiser.”
Off-duty Seneca police officers blocked the roads for the March 19 events, allowing runners to participate safely. Lt. Brian Sheriff of the Seneca Police Department and Donnie White of the city public works department supervised and coordinated volunteers. Those volunteers included people from Seneca Baptist Church, the Seneca Woman’s Club, the Historic Ballenger House and American Legion Post No. 120 in Seneca.