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Mike Fasano kicks off donation month for Pasco Sheriff’s K-9 Association

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Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano announced that the Pasco County Sheriff’s K-9 Association will be the featured charity for the month of June.

In an statement, Fasano said his office will participate in the “Join the Pack” promotion, which works to help support and equip K-9 teams throughout the county. Cash donations will be accepted with any transaction at at all Pasco Tax Collector’s offices, as well as through the mail, throughout June.

Funds raised will go for purchases, training and medical care for both active and retired K-9 officers.

Pasco County Sheriffs have 10 active K-9 officers (dogs) that aid in several police activities: finding lost children and adults, hunting fugitives, sniffing out drugs and more.

The average cost of a new K-9 is $8,500, not including medical care, materials and other needs throughout the dog’s career. K-9 units often require specially equipped vehicles, equipment, and well-trained handlers.

“These incredible dogs do so much to protect and serve our community and the funds raised will go to support our K-9s while they are working in our communities and also to ensure that their retirement is healthy and rewarding,” said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Fasano added that the care, training and medical treatment of K-9 officers during their active service and after retirement can be costly.

“Your donation of any amount will assist K-9 officers and their handlers to not only be productive members of the law enforcement community, your donation will ensure that are all well cared for after their service has ended,” he said.

Contributions will be accepted at all five tax collector locations in Pasco County: Wesley Chapel, Gulf Harbors, Land O’ Lakes, Dade City and West Pasco Government Center – New Port Richey.

For more information about donations and the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, visit

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