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posted: 9/5/2012 9:11 AM

Students raise $1,700 to replace Ind. police dogs

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Associated Press

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Students at a central Indiana school have given their city's police department more than $1,700 toward replacing two police dogs that died from violent confrontations this summer.

The kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Anderson Preparatory Academy raised the money by bringing in pennies for a competition. Special education assistant Michelle Dreschler tells The Herald Bulletin officers had brought the dogs to the school before and the students were excited to help out.

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A businessman has also donated $20,000 to help replace the dogs, which typically cost between $10,000 and $12,000 each.

One of the dogs was euthanized last month after being shot in the face by a man it was tracking. The other mistook an officer as an aggressor during a July standoff and had to be shot.

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