County Fare: Reward for fundraiser for Adams PD K-9 'better than Christmas'
Paige Green probably is the most bighearted animal lover you will find in these parts.
The 7-year-old from the town of Florida would rescue every troubled animal in the world, if she could, her mother, Terry Green, tells County Fare.
So, Green wasn't surprised when Paige asked to help out Kumar, the 9-year-old K-9 officer with the Adams Police Department.
"She's an animal lover, and instead of getting birthday presents [on June 24], she wanted to raise money for Kumar," Green said.
Kumar is a canine celebrity in North Berkshire. The four-legged protector of the public is a big hit with the students when he and his handler, Adams Officer Curtis Crane, visit local schools or make other public appearances.
Paige's fundraising goal via Facebook was $500. The final tally: $2,000.
On Tuesday, the Greens presented the donations to Crane and the department, money to help cover Kumar's dog food tab and veterinary bills, according to Officer Nick Dabrowski, who also is Paige's cousin.
"It's by far the biggest fundraiser we've ever had for Kumar," he said.
Paige was rewarded with the title of honorary Adams Police officer for the day and a ride-along with Kumar.
"She said it was better than Christmas," Green said.
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