Fast food fundraiser collects thousands for local K9 'heroes'
March 31, 2018 10:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – If you picked up an extra value meal with a quarter-pounder from McDonald's sometime in the past six weeks, you didn't just get a meal.
You also helped out local K9 units. In fact, New Mexicans ate more than 23,000 quarter-pounders, fries and washed it all down with thousands of sodas over that span of time – and it was all for a good cause.
"We're very grateful to the wonderful way they supported our K9 and police departments," Clementina Garza said.
Garza – co-owner of Garza Family McDonalds, a group of eight in the area – handed over $23,000 Saturday to the National Police Dog Foundation. That money will pay for things such as food and even bulletproof vests.
Garza said when she found out three of Bernalillo County's K9s were working in the field without life-saving equipment, she knew something had to be done.
"In our minds, the K9s are heroes and the handlers behind them and the lives they are saving – they are heroes and we have to do all we can to support them," she said.
Additional funds will also support the cost of care for the K9s long after they've retired from duty. While they still remain in the care of the handler, financial support for the animal stops.
"In most cases, if it's not covered by a non-profit, they'll be paying out of their pocket for medical equipment," Garza said. "And it's very expensive."
Updated: March 31, 2018 10:23 PM
Created: March 31, 2018 05:41 PM
Copyright 2019 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved