Round Rock police wives hope to build memorial in honor of former K-9s

 A new campaign is underway to honor former K-9s from the Round Rock Police Department. The ashes of five former K-9s currently sit inside the department. The Round Rock Wives of Police Officers want to give those dogs a proper burial.

"These dogs have sacrificed a lot for this community over the last 25 years and we just want to make sure that they have a proper burial and a memorial to honor them," said Leigh Ann Spradlin who is spearheading the campaign.

The plan is to build a bronze statue of a life size Belgian Malinois to watch over the ashes of K-9s that have passed on.

"Whether you know these dogs or not, they touched everybody's lives in the community and surrounding area," said Spradlin.

The Round Rock K-9 unit was formed more than 25 years ago.

"My dogs name was Hondo. He was a black lab. His sole purpose was to detect narcotics, but we found other ways to utilize him," said former K-9 handler Jeff Spencer.

Officers lucky enough to get a dog said they wouldn't trade it for the world.

"I think being able to bring your best friend to work with you every single day, there's nothing that can compare to that," said Spencer.  

Unfortunately, even police dogs can't work forever. Hondo retired in January.

"He leaves behind an emptiness in my car right now. I can only imagine the emptiness in my heart that's going to take place when he passes," said Spencer.

Round Rock K-9s provide a special service for the department and the officers they work alongside.

"When you ride around in a car with him for 12 hour shifts for seven years and nine months, there are times when I'm having a down day and he's there to bring me back up or he's having a bad day and I'm there to bring him back up," said Spencer.

"A lot of the things the dogs have done in the past is they've gotten drugs off the street, they also do community service with the elementary schools in the area," said Spradlin.  

Spradlin said the memorial would ensure that the police dogs that are gone will never be forgotten.

"It would only make me proud to see that he's memorialized when he does pass," Spencer said.

The memorial will cost $36,000 to build.

If you want to help you can donate at any Wells Fargo bank.  Just tell them to put the money  towards the Round Rock K-9 memorial fund. There is also a GoFundMe page set up online. (http://www.gofundme.com/jxgivw)

The department is also working with Harley Davidson to host a fundraiser in May.



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