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Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® Give the Matthews Police Department Something to Bark About

Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® are proud to announce the Matthews Police Department as this year’s 2nd recipient of the Milk-Bone® Canine Heroes program. Since the partnership was established nine years ago, Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® have given a local police department money toward the purchase of a new police dog. The donation to the Matthews PD will be, however, the 2nd 2009 donation.

In mid-February, Captain Carla Thompson, Matthews PD, called Harris Teeter to speak about Canine Heroes. Nitro, a police dog in the Matthews PD Canine Unit, had been diagnosed with cancer and the department needed a new dog. After hearing her story, Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® went into action and decided to make a second donation in 2009; Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® offered the Matthews Police Department $5,000 toward the purchase of a new police dog.

What:     Check presentation to the Matthews Police Department Canine Unit from Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® for the   purchase of a new police dog to replace Nitro, a Matthews PD police dog who has cancer.

When:    Thursday, April 16, 2009
               10:00am: Check Presentation and K-9 Unit Demonstration

Where:    Matthews Festival Shopping Center
                 Harris Teeter
                1811 Matthews Township Pkwy
                Matthews, NC 28105

*** Photo Opportunity
: Both Butler High School and Matthews Elementary school students will be on-hand to meet the members of the police department, learn about police dogs and watch a police dog demonstration. Chief of Police Rob Hunter, Mayor Lee Myers and Town Manager Hazen Blodgett also plan to attend the presentation.

Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone® want to thank members of the Matthews PD for their service to the community. The Matthews Police Department does much to keep Matthews safe for community members and it is important that corporations such as Harris Teeter show support for the police department as well.