The Columbia Police Officers Association is upset the city sold the department’s dog, Fano, for one dollar to another town. The union calls the decision fiscally irresponsible and misinformed.
The city has kept Fano off the streets for more than a year, after his handler, Officer Rob Sanders, was fired for excessive force. Sanders tried to buy the dog, but the city refused due to liability concerns. CPOA says $10,000 was raised to help Sanders keep Fano, but the city chose to kennel the dog for about eight grand. The city says it didn’t hire another handler due to staffing shortages.
Fano was sold to the Clarence Police Department in Shelby County for a dollar. Columbia has no immediate plans to train another K9 officer.