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Animal hospital to raise money for K-9 Unit

Rooster, a dog in the Wichita Police Department’s K9 Unit, was killed in the line of duty.
Rooster, a dog in the Wichita Police Department’s K9 Unit, was killed in the line of duty. File photo

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the fundraiser was for a new K-9 dog for the Wichita Police Department.

A Wichita animal hospital is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Wichita Police Department's K-9 unit.

Rooster, a Belgian Malinois, died shortly after he was shot by a man who was confronted by police in south Wichita on March 18. He had been released by his handler and partner, Officer Daniel Gumm, to stop Kevin C. Perry, 25, from going back into a residence at Lamplighter Mobile Home Park, 23230 E. MacArthur, during a dispute.

Animal Hospital at Auburn Hills, 13303 W. Maple, will host an open house from 1to 3 p.m. Saturday to raise money to support the K-9 unit. Gary Stamps, one of the veterinarians at the hospital, is the vet for police dog Nash.

Nash and his K-9 handler, Officer Dustin Nail, will give two demonstrations during the open house. Numerous local businesses have joined with the animal hospital to create the event.

Visitors can get free food from Texas Roadhouse and small Smoothie King smoothies, tour the animal hospital for prizes and get goodie bags. They can also purchase T-shirts, enter raffle drawings and bid in a silent auction.

Rooster, a K-9 with the Wichita Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty on March 18. On Friday, members of the police community, along with the public, honored Rooster’s life during a service at Century II. (Fernando Salazar/The

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