How you can help Palm Beach Gardens’ new K-9

PALM BEACH GARDENS - K-9 Officer Bobby Wummer  gets an impromptu hug from his dog Raul during a canine demonstration at the Palm Beach Gardens Citizen Police Academy Tuesday evening at the Palm Beach Gardens Police station. Citizen Police Academies give civilians a close-up look at how local law enforcement works.  ORG XMIT: MER0703021618414560

K-9 Officer Bobby Wummer gets an impromptu hug from his dog Raul during a canine demonstration at the Palm Beach Gardens Citizen Police Academy in this Palm Beach Post file photo.

One of the newest members of the Palm Beach Gardens police force has fur and four legs.

K-9 Kastor, a two-year-old Malinois Shepherd mix, and handler Officer Chris Baez are learning explosive detection and patrol at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Training Facility. Kastor will also be help find missing dementia patients, lost children and crime scene evidence, according to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation.

Police dogs like Kastor who are trained in explosive detection can pick up on firearms and ammunition hidden in containers and vehicles, carried by people and buried underground, according to the foundation.

They usually work about five to seven years, according to the foundation. The Gardens police department has four dogs.

Baez, Kastor’s handler, served in the Marines as an explosives detection K-9 handler for five years and was deployed to Afghanistan, according to the foundation.

The foundation has launched a campaign to raise $12,000 for Kastor’s purchase. To date, fifty-six donors have raised $8,050. Updates, including photos of Kastor and information about his training, are posted to the foundation’s website.

To support the effort or learn more, visit k9fund.pbgpf.org. You can also call the foundation at 561-799-4440.

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