Thursday, June 19 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
Walker Co. Community Reacting To K-9 Memorial Plans
Many of us consider pets to be part of the family. But when they also serve as law enforcement officers, where should the county draw the line on their memorial services?
Walker County K-9 Tanya was on the list to receive a bullet-proof vest, but was sent to serve a warrant to Steven Waldemer before she ever got one. The Sheriff says Waldemer shot and killed the police dog, and injured her handler, Deputy Donnie Brown.
The Walker County Sheriff's Office will hold a public memorial for Tanya Friday, but the announcement of this ceremony comes with criticism.
On NewsChannel 9's Facebook page, Tonya Gilbride wrote, "Really... A DOG. Come on... I surely hope Walker County isn't paying for it since we are broke. Dig a hole. Toss a flower. Ridiculous."
The Sheriff's Office says they don't expect the ceremony to cost taxpayers anything.
Meanwhile, other citizens feel the police dog deserves more.
"Well, everybody's opinion is not the same. But mine is... I think it's justified," says resident Shirley Green. "I don't think they ever get enough recognition for what they do."
The ceremony will be at the Walker County Civic Center Friday at 11 a.m.
It's open to the public.
By: Kelsey Bagwell