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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police officers are making plans for a memorial service for their K-9 named Kilo, who was killed during a standoff this week in Sellersburg.
Their supporters are also asking for your financial help -- and not just to pay for a funeral.
A spokesman says state tax dollars don't cover all the costs of a state police K-9, hence the plea for help from the Indiana State Police Alliance.
Kilo served the state police for six-and-a-half years out of the Sellersburg post, until he was shot and killed during a standoff in Sellersburg on Monday.
Kilo had entered a house with three SWAT officers when a man barricaded inside shot and killed the dog and shot and wounded another officer outside, police said.
Kilo's picture and a request for donations greet customers in the front window of a convenience store -- and in dozens of other places.
"They say that it's a shame that it got killed and everything, and that they're really hard to replace. And they'd be glad to give money," said Hesen's Food Mart clerk Arville Rudolph.
Danita Hurst was more than happy to tape the flyer at the dry cleaners where she works. The story of the German Shepherd resonates with almost everyone.
"Basically, I cried. It was very, very sad. Even the police officer being shot, it was sad," Hurst said.
Dale Collier posted a tribute to Collier and injured Clark Co. sheriff's officer Chris Proctor on the message sign outside his Complete Auto Repair. He recalled seeing Trooper Nathan Abbott and Kilo pass the business on Charlestown Road, about a quarter-mile from the state police post.
"Boy was he a handsome dog. It's an amazingly good looking dog," Collier said. "They have a lot of money invested in these dogs. It's expensive to get them trained, keep them up."
It's easy to find such signs of support throughout Sellersburg. State police have now set a memorial service for Kilo for early next month, after the July 4th holiday. Details should be announced next week.
The Indiana State Police Alliance, a non-profit group that's not a part of state government, is asking for donations.
That's because your state tax dollars don't cover the costs of a state police K-9, spokesman Sgt. Noel Houze said. The department does want to replace Kilo, even as other police dogs are available on-call.
"The Indiana State Police relies on funding for our K-9 program strictly through grants and donations and that type of funding. None of the funding in the years we've had K-9s has come from tax dollars," Houze told WDRB News.
Full funding could come in future state police budgets, Houze said.
Several national organizations say it can cost $10,000 or more for a police dog, before recurring costs of food, shelter and trips to the vet.
Friday night, there was no word on how much the alliance raised so far. The word was still getting out via flyers and other publicity online.
Clark County sheriff's officer Chris Proctor recovering at home from his gunshot wound to the back of the knee.
The Indiana State Police Alliance has more information on donating in Kilo's memory at www.indianasfinest.com. It will accept donations by mail here: