NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol was recently gifted quite an expensive police dog.
Nashville K-9 donated Tage to the department at zero cost to taxpayers, despite his $16,000 price tag.
“The average cost of a police dog is anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000,” said Ali Hemyari.
Hemyari started Nashville K-9 in 2005, and it is now one of the largest dog-training businesses in the state of Tennessee.
Tage is the third donated and trained police K-9 given to the THP by the organization in the last year.
“This is just a tremendous opportunity for the THP to be able to perform at an even higher level of capability,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “The number one goal of the THP is to protect the citizens of Tennessee and this patrol dog will help us to do just that.”
Nashville K-9 donates one to four dogs each year to a different municipality across the United States at no cost.
“A lot of businesses raise money for different charitable events and things like that. In our business, the best thing to do is give back in the best way we know how, which is training dogs,” Hemyari told News 2.
K-9 Tage is a 3-year-old German Shepherd imported from Switzerland and trained by the Swiss police. He will be assigned to the Special Operations team.
“The dog was trained for apprehension purposes and narcotics purposes. A little bit more active and aggressive than other dogs typically are, so he was the perfect use for the special operations side of law enforcement,” said Hemyari.