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Hardworking paws raise thousands of dollars

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The parking lot at Newport Farm and Garden was jam-packed full early Saturday afternoon, but not just with people looking for spring planting supplies.  Many were there to see police dogs and their human partners show off their skills and to help raise money to pay for medical care for canines that get injured or fall ill.

The fund-raiser was the third organized by Newport City Police Patrolman Joshua Lillis with support from the Agway store.  Patrolman Lillis, who works and lives with Ozzy, a Belgian Malanois, used money from the first event to buy equipment for his K-9 partner.

Recently the Canine Association named Patrolman Lillis and Ozzy the 2020 Team of the Year.

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