Excerpted from the OC Register:
A pair of life-size, bronze German shepherd dogs standing in alert poses atop marble pedestals will serve as the official monuments dedicated to Anaheim’s police canines, designed by an artist renowned for her series of law enforcement dog sculptures across the country.
Susan Bahary was selected by the Anaheim Community Foundation, which has taken the lead in bringing the statues, for $40,000 each, to two new dog parks under construction in Anaheim.
Bahary’s work spans 20 years, with her life-size canine sculptures displayed at a diverse set of locales, including the U.S. Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery in Guam, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia, and UC Davis’ veterinary school.
Even though both monuments will be built with private funding, the City Council voted 4-1 last week to provide a $25,000 loan to the project so Bahary can start her designs. Mayor Tom Tait voted against that plan, saying he supported the project but did not believe public money should be used to jump-start the fundraising effort.
After that vote, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau announced that it would donate $25,000 to cover those initial costs, saying it wanted to remove that responsibility from the city. The remaining money will be raised through events and online soliciting efforts, at KashForK9s.com, by the Anaheim Community Foundation.
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