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Santa Barbara Sheriffs Office needs help getting K-9 unit grant

Posted at 3:29 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 06:03:46-04

(UPDATE: Friday, 3:00 a.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the Aftermath K9 Grant announced that online voting has been temporarily delayed.

Voting will re-open on Monday morning, Oct. 22,  and will run through November 5, 2018.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 7.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office needs the Central Coast’s help winning the Aftermath K-9 Grant that would provide funding to the office’s K-9 unit.

The grant divides $16,500 to the top eight law enforcement agencies in the country. The top recipients get $5,000.

In order to get the grant, law enforcement agencies need to get a certain amount of votes from community members.

The voting period starts Thursday and ends Nov. 2 . Anyone can vote once every 12 hours through the Aftermath K-9 Grant website and once a day through theirInstagram.

The sheriff’s office said if awarded the grant they will use the funding toward an on-going cost to keep the K-9 unit going. Some of those costs are the purchase of each dog, the on-going specialty training, veterinary cost, food and equipment. The sheriff’s office said the program is funded predominantly by donations.