COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- A central Indiana high school senior is hoping to raise more than $15,000 so the Columbus Police Department can afford to replace an aging police dog.

The Republic reports that 17-year-old Dylan Prather of Columbus North High School has taken on the challenge as a senior class project. He's already raised $500.

The high school senior says he picked the fundraiser as a senior project because he wants a career in law enforcement and he is fascinated with dogs.

Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix says the money would help the department to someday replace its 7-year-old police dog named Rex. Maddix says the department is encouraging Prather, who volunteers his time to the department during canine training days, held twice a month.

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