- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - An online fundraising campaign has raised enough money to throw a retirement bash for a western Iowa police force’s lone K-9 officer.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/2aW1hHk ) the party planned for Aug. 12 at Council Bluffs Community Hall will fete 6-year-old Willy, who joined the Council Bluffs force in 2011. Organizers say on their gofundme web page that Willy’s service is equally deserving of appreciation and recognition as that of any other police officer.

On Friday morning the web page said $720 had been raised - $220 more than the organizers’ $500 goal. The page says the extra money will go to a charity that helps support K-9 officers and their handlers.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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