EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The East Haven Police Department is losing its one police dog to budget cuts.
Sgt. John Miller, the police union president, tells the New Haven Register that acting Chief Gaetano Nappi decided to retire the 5-year-old German shepherd named Paro after the town council cut the department’s budget.
Paro has been working with Officer Dave Cari, who was informed by letter Thursday that the K-9 program was being eliminated and that he could choose to have Paro retire as his pet.
Nappi has declined to comment on the decision.
Miller says it would cost about $3,500 a year to keep Paro in service.
Cari has been on disability since Dec. 30, when he broke three ribs, but is preparing to return to active duty.
Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com
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