Capeless says the funds that will be donated to the Lanesborough Police K-9 Fund come from money seized and forfeited from drug dealers. "I am pleased to be able to offer monetary support to the K-9 police officers in Berkshire County for the important work that they do, and it is especially gratifying to use these funds that at one time were used by criminals to support illegal drug activity."
Lanesborough Police Officer James Rathbun's K-9 partner, Nitro, will be retired shortly due to a medical condition. Nitro and Rathbun have worked together for the past 5 years. During that time they have participated in searches for narcotics, have conducted building searches for criminal suspects and have helped find missing children and hikers. Rathbun is also the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association.
Contributions can be made care of:
Lanesborough Police K-9 Fund
c/o Lanesborough Police Department
PO Box 1560
Lanesborough, MA 01237