Posted Friday, December 20, 2013 --- 10:38 a.m.
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The funding for a new police dog in a city where most residents are Green Bay Packers fans is coming from an unlikely source.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is giving Wausau a $13,000 grant to buy and train the police dog. News of Roethlisberger's grant comes a few days before the rival quarterback and the Steelers pay a visit to Lambeau Field.
Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel says the department's K-9 unit is an integral part of in drug prevention and enforcement efforts. The department already has three dogs. The Daily Herald Media says the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is distributing grants for police dogs in the states of each regular-season away game for the Steelers.
The foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals.
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