ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A nonprofit is helping fund safety and medical needs for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit. Back the Blue K-9 Force presented the sheriff’s office with a check for $20,500 on Wednesday.

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That money was raised at local restaurants and will support K-9 Zero.

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The nonprofit says it came a long way since it started back in March 2016.

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“I’m amazed,” Jennifer Leggatt of Back the Blue K-9 Force said. “We started off standing outside Walgreens and local businesses begging for money, and we’ve just grown so much.”

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The money raised will go toward things such as trauma kits, body armor, and surgeries for the dogs.