The Block Island Times

Officer Joe DeMatteo's Police Dog Dream Coming True!

By Block Island Residents Association | Feb 08, 2014

Joe DeMatteo of the BI Police has long dreamed of having a dog to assist him in his duties.  In recent months, his dream started to materialize.  BIRA agreed to be the non-profit organization that processed donations for the K-9 Project.  Then Joe began asking BI citizens for donations for the purchase, training, transportation, housing, veterinary needs and general upkeep of his dog.  Many residents responded right away.  The dog will probably be a male, because most of the male dogs are more aggressive.  He will either be a German Shepherd or a Belgian Malinois (also a shepherd).  He will be dual-purpose; he'll have the ability to find lost items and people, and he'll be able to smell heroine, cocaine and methamphetamines, etc.  If you would like to donate to Joe's cause, kindly write a check out to BIRA, write K-9 on the memo line, and mail it to BIRA, Box 456, BI, RI 02807!  Joe will be eternally grateful and your donation will be tax-deductible.

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