On January 19, 2016, Miranda Lambert received some heartbreaking news from her hometown of Lindale, Texas. While attempting to apprehend a suspect in a stolen car, K9 officer Ogar was shot and killed in the line of duty. Since then, Lambert and her non-profit organization MuttNation Foundation, have stepped up to raise funds for a new K9 officer.
The MuttNation Foundation was co-founded by Lambert and her mother in 2007, "with the mission to end animal cruelty, neglect and homelessness."
Each year, the foundation hosts the annual Cause for the Paws event, featuring performances by musical artists, including Lambert. So far, the event has helped raise over $1.5 million for the organization, which also runs a no-kill animal shelter in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
After learning the news of K9 officer Ogar's death, Lambert and the MuttNation Foundation reached out to their supporters to raise funds to help bring in a replacement K9 officer. Due to all of the training a K9 officer receives, bringing one in to a police department can cost thousands of dollars.
In a post to its Facebook page, the MuttNation Foundation provided three ways for people to donate money to help Lambert's hometown bring in a new police K9.
Donations can be made at any Southside Bank location, through mail, or through the "Donate Now" button on the foundation's website. All funds the organization receives online up until February 22 will be donated toward bringing in a replacement for Ogar.
A memorial service for Ogar was held on January 23 at the First Baptist Church in Lambert's hometown of Lindale. Ogar received full law enforcement honors and Constable Kenneth Bibby shared some words about the legacy he left behind:
"Dogs are different. K9s are human trained to have that special bond, that protector that we need, and I hope that the public sees the different perspective of about a K9...Ogar was instrumental in at least 40-something drug arrests, which along with that came the forfeiture of property and assets that was used."
You can watch the report on K9 officer Ogar's memorial service in the video below.
We hope Lambert and the MuttNation Foundation are able to raise enough funds to bring in a replacement for K9 Ogar. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and fellow officers.
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