A benefit to raise money to purchase a new dog for the Buffalo Police Department's K-9 unit in honor of fallen Police Officer Craig E. Lehner will be held next week at a downtown nightclub.
Police say they are considering expanding the unit. The cost of a police dog and training ranges from $6,000 to $10,000.
Club Marcella, 439 Pearl St., will sponsor the event from 4 to 9 p.m. next Thursday. Donations of $20 include food and the first drink. A 50-50 raffle will be held and a silent auction starts at 8 p.m.
Lehner, a canine officer, died last month in a police dive team training accident in the Niagara River.