Police fundraiser for Waukesha parade victims sells 900 K-9 plushies on 1st day

The Waukesha Sheriff’s Department was inspired to go the extra mile after its officers responded to the deadly attack


By Suzie Ziegler 

WAUKESHA, Wis. — A fundraiser organized by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is off to an impressive start. Last week, the department sold out of 900 K-9 plush toys in just six hours, according to CBS 58. The proceeds will go to families impacted by the deadly attack at a Christmas parade last month. 

"We've had people, from what I understand, well outside of Waukesha County coming and making a pretty long trip to purchase one of our canine dogs to support the community," Deputy Kurt Thompson told CBS 58. 

According to the report, the agency’s K-9 unit was inspired to do the fundraiser after its officers responded to the parade tragedy. 

"We have a large amount of families that have been affected indirectly and directly due to the tragedy, and now they have to endure a pretty different set of challenges throughout this holiday season," said Thompson.

Each plushie costs $20 and 100% of the profits will go the United for Waukesha Community Fund, according to the report. 

On Monday, the sheriff’s department said it had once again sold out – this time, in a matter of minutes. The agency says it is still taking donations and will update its Facebook page when more plushies become available. 

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