City Manager Releases Memo Regarding Fano

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COLUMBIA- City Manager Mike Matthes will present a recommendation regarding the potential purchase of the police dog, Fano, at the City Council meeting Monday.

Former Police Officer Rob Sanders wants to purchase the dog after being its handler. Sanders was fired in September for aggressive behavior caught on tape.

Matthes released a memo Thursday, advising not to sell Fano because he is still young and potentially hazardous.

Matthes writes in the memo, "I have not come across an example in any police department where a young K9 was sold to a handler who had been fired for excessive use of force."

The memo will be presented briefly on Monday at the city council meeting.

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