Steelers QB buys K9 dog for Wis. police department

WAUSAU, Wis. - The funding for a new police dog in a city where most residents are Green Bay Packers fans is coming from an unlikely source.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben

is giving Wausau a $13,000 grant to buy and train the police dog. News of Roethlisberger's grant comes a few days before the rival quarterback and the Steelers pay a visit to Lambeau Field.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel says the department's K-9 unit is an integral part of in drug prevention and enforcement efforts. The department already has three dogs. The Daily Herald Media ( ) says the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is distributing grants for police dogs in the states of each regular-season away game for the Steelers.

The foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals.


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