I know Bobbyand Benny well, having been a former K9 handler in an adjacent countysheriff's office, and worked and trained with Bobby and Benny foryears. Bobby is a consummate professional, a devoted family man, and awell respected member of his community and the county he serves. Furthermore,Benny is a fantastic dog who has had an outstanding service recordfor the QACSO. Bobby, who is also on the SWAT team, was injured fighting asuspect on a tactical raid. His administration told him they would ratherkennel the dog in a PUBLIC BOARDING KENNEL thanallow him to care for the dog at home while on light duty. When he argued thatplan, he was told they would just retire the dog instead. However, the QACSOadmin then decided that rather than do the local customary "K9retirement plan" of selling a retired dog to its handler for$1 along with a contract that releases the S.O. of allliability, they wanted Bobby to pay $2,000 if he wanted to keep him.Well take it from a former law enforcement officer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland...tellinga working class cop with a family he needs to come up with anunbudgeted $2K in that short amount of time, to pay for the dog that wouldlay his life down for him, all from Sheriff's Office with a multi-milliondollar a year budget , is about one of the biggest slaps in the face youcan give to a seasoned veteran who protects and serves yourcommunity. Trying to get top dollar when selling an old cruiser orsome type of old equipment in order to help offset replacement costs is onething, driving that wedge between a handler and his K9 partner that he hastrusted with his life at times is entirely different. Shame on SheriffHoffman and those who made this decision. Trying to squeeze $2K outof Bobby is just another example of how poorly run administrationschase off good cops. And in case anyone's interested, Google "QueenAnne's County Federal Lawsuit" for starters, just to get an insideglimpse into the politics of this administration. NOT the Deputies,the ADMIN. Sorry to get off on a tangent, but hopefully it touches a fewpeople and will prompt some donations. Good luck to my former LEO brothersBobby and Benny, we'll find a way to make it work somehow.