CONTINUING COVERAGE: FLOODS OF 2016

Ankeny Police K9 Earning Rewards from Local Business for Keeping Community Safe

ANKENY, Iowa -- Bosco, the Ankeny Police K9 has free rein at Brown Dog Bakery. Whatever Bosco wants, he gets.

“Yeah I kind of treat him like mine, whatever he needs or I think he should have that day,” said Anna Woodcock, owner of the store. “He gets food, chews, treats and some toys.”

At the bakery, Bosco is like a kid in a candy store.

“Absolutely he is,” said Officer Bret Lappin of the Ankeny Police Department. “He`s sniffing everything and he got one of those tennis balls there and he`s been playing with that for a while now.”

And that's the way the owner of the bakery wants it. When Woodcock learned the police department was getting a K9 at the end of last year, she wanted to know how she could help. So she offered to donate a lifetime supply of free dog food from her business.

“I wanted to make sure that he was eating really good food,” said Woodcock. “I mean he`s doing a service for our community and he`s working hard so I wanted to make sure that he was getting the best that there was available.”

And when Bosco made his first drug bust, Woodcock gave him an extra special treat.

“His very first bust, I made him a little gift box with some toys and some treats and some chews. It was a big deal. It was his first you know?” she said.

“It`s a huge asset to the program to where that`s one expense that we don`t have to worry about,” said Officer Ben Bowersox of the Ankeny Police Department.

In addition to the money the goodwill gesture saves the police department and taxpayers; it also helps build a friendly bridge between law enforcement and the community.

“I think it`s wonderful that Bret’s able to come out and even to park out in this parking lot and have a police car visible,” said Officer Bowersox. “To come in here and interact with Anna and the rest of her customers and people take photos of Bosco.”

And don't let that friendly face fool you. Bosco also gets down to business.

Police say in the past year he's been deployed more than 30 times and has assisted in numerous narcotics-related arrests and seizures.