An outpouring of community support is keeping a local K-9 program going, and ensuring that a police dog will help fight crime for as long as possible.
We first told you about the effort about a month ago, when the Altoona Police Department asked the community for donations. WEAU 13 News helped spread the word since then, and on Thursday morning, people got their first look at the new K-9 truck.
Officer Matt McCoy says the Ford F-150 pickup is worth about $40,000 including the equipment and other modifications. The K-9 named Charlie will have more than twice as much space in the interior cage as he did in the old car.
The truck also has an automatic door opener so McCoy can release Charlie with a remote.
The campaign for the new truck brought in nearly $17,000 in about two-and-a-half weeks.