PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fundraiser was held Sunday afternoon at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse a Northeast Philadelphia restaurant for the Philadelphia Police’s K9 Unit.READ MORE: Upper Merion School District: Teachers, Staff Must Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Or Routinely Get Tested
It was a great deal — for three hours, pork and chicken sandwiches were $3 each, with the proceeds going to the Philadelphia Police K9 Unit. Sweet Lucy’s owner Brooke Higgins says it was an easy choice.
“One of the reasons we decided canine is because Sweet Lucy’s was named after our dog, my dog. She’s since passed. So dogs definitely hold a place in our heart,” said Higgins.READ MORE: Report: Sixers Sign Center Andre Drummond To 1-Year Deal
Officer Michael McDonough says human or canine, they’re all part of the thin blue line.
“They’re four-legged officers, we’re two-legged officers — we’re still brothers and sisters.”
When asked about how important the work these canine officers do is McDonough said, “Canine work is very important to the department. People can’t sniff out drugs — dogs can.”MORE NEWS: CDC Says There's 'Substantial' Level Of COVID-19 Transmission In Parts Of Pennsylvania, Delaware And New Jersey Region
“There are certain situations where sending a dog in would be saving an officer from risk. They’re an indispensable part of the Philadelphia Police Department,” said McDonough.