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Bethlehem police to raise funds for new K-9

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After 11 years of sniffing down bad guys and finding hidden stashes of drugs, Madjo needs to step down, Bethlehem police say.

Although the sleek 13-year-old German shepherd shows little sign of slowing down — he still easily leaps into open vehicle windows — his handler, officer Jon Isaac, said retirement is near. Most police dogs typically last about nine years.

In this time of lean budgets, K9 officers learned last year that the city wouldn’t be able to pay for another dog. So officers are doing fundraising themselves and hope to get $12,000 to buy another patrol and narcotics dog.

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