Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, November 16, 2012

BPD K9 Turk leads Donated Cat Food Delivery!

BPD K9 delivers city employees cat food donations! (VIDEO)


Fri., Nov. 16, 2012 – Folks traveling down Interstate 84 may have noticed a peculiar site this afternoon, two Boise Police patrol cars filled with bags of cat food!

The officers were delivering nearly more than 800 pounds of pet food donated by Boise City employees! The collection was in response to a plea from the Idaho Humane Society that donations of cat food had fallen short this month.K9- IHS 1

"It was a call to service and we came to help," said Boise Police K9 Officer Marshall Plaisted. "We put the call out to employees of the city and low and behold we have a bunch of bags of food that we are going to take to the Humane Society today and donate." 

"It's basically dogs helping cats, which is very ironic, but whether its cats, fish, dogs, other humans, citizens, or whatever, we are here to help." 

Officer Plaisted's K9 partner Turk led today’s delivery effort. 

About Turk: Turk is a three year old yellow lab and a very skilled drug detection dog. Turk was once up for adoption himself at the Idaho Humane Society. Officers recognized that he had the behavior traits necessary to make a good police service dog! Turk is now a certified drug detection dog and has been on the job with Boise Police almost two years.

Boise City employees responded to the Humane Society’s need quickly and generously:K9- IHS 2

  • The request for donations came out this past Tuesday, with the IHS needing to deliver to pet food tomorrow, Saturday.
  • The pet food is supplied free of charge by the Humane Society to local homebound seniors who reply on companion animals.
  • Between Tuesday and this morning, Boise City employees responded by donating 797 pounds of cat food, 36 pounds of dog food and several cash donations.
  • The pet food was collected at City Hall West, City Hall downtown and the Lander Street Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Employees and volunteers at the Idaho Humane Society were extremely grateful for the large donation. They say they will now be able to meet this month’s need for pet food for homebound seniors and their needed companion animals.

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