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Group Calls For Renovation Of Richmond K9 Facility

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Richmond, VA—A local group is pushing for some big changes at the training facility the Richmond Police K9 Unit calls home; the building has helped train K9 officers since the 60s, but now needs repair.

The training facility that is home to Richmond's K9 Unit has mold and structural issues. Jodi Strange of Friends of Richmond K9 group says it is past time for an upgrade.

"They've survived this long in this building, but we have an obstacle course that needs upgrading, the bathroom facilities, they have one shower right where they're washing towels."

She says the 12 officer K9 team has worked in the facility since the 1960s, and now she's bringing her concerns to the Richmond City Council. At least one member agrees with her.

"It was 100 degrees, it was scorching hot, and you look into the kennels and see these box fans blowing on the dogs and you know there's a problem," says Richmond City Council member Jon Baliles.

Councilman Baliles says if the funds are passed in this year's budget, they will being planning and hopefully start work on a new building next summer.

The issue will be addressed in the next Richmond City Council meeting, slated for May 10.

To contact your Richmond City Council representative before the meeting about funding for a new K9 facility, visit here.

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