NYPD K9 units help collect care packages for 'war dogs' serving overseas

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"We told K9 Russel he could keep one thing, and he chose the sweater," tweeted NYPD News, in regards to "Operation War Dogs" December 4, 2019 (Twitter/NYPD News)

The crime-fighting dogs of the NYPD offered a helping paw to their canine counterparts serving overseas this holiday season — collecting doggie supplies and treats for Yuletide care packages.

The NYPD's ESU K9 Unit helped gather about 30 boxes of medical supplies, toys, shampoos, nail clippers and thank-you letters from school children over the past several days as part of "Operation War Dogs." The nearly $6,000 in supplies will be shipped out to Afghanistan over the weekend.


The K9 unit teamed up with Blue Lives Matter-NYC K9, the city Correction Department's K9 officers, the 102nd Precinct Detective Squad and the law enforcement motorcycle club Vigilance LEMC to help fill the care packages.

"They're a big part of policing," Blue Lives Matter founder Joseph Imperatrice said of the hero pooches Wednesday. "Being able to highlight them and their handlers goes a long way in boosting morale."

On Nov. 27, K9 officers Timoshenko and Russel — both named after officer Russel Timoshenko, who was slain in the line of duty in 2007 — visited PS 373R on Staten Island as part of the collection drive.

"We told K9 Russel he could keep one thing, and he chose the sweater," the NYPD tweeted out Wednesday, along with a grinning photo of the rookie canine cop. "As part of 'Operation War Dogs,' @NYPDSpecialops K9s & their partners collected donations for dog toys, treats & equipment. The supplies will be shipped to good boys & girls on military deployment overseas."

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