SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Joe Maloof, co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, says he wants to donate a K-9 to the Sacramento Police Department.
This comes just days after a car theft suspect shot Bodie, a German shepherd K9 officer, leaving him in critical condition.
Maloof visited the department’s program previously, where he met Bodie, and mentioned wanting to help out.
“He came out about two years ago to check out our program, watch training, and he made a comment about purchasing a dog in the future when we needed one,” Sgt. Steve Oliveira said. “We appreciate it.”
On Sunday, Maloof tweeted that “I would like to purchase & donate a K9 police dog for the Sacramento police department K9 association.”
The dogs cost about $10,000.
Some people CBS13 talked to on Sunday said Maloof’s gesture is just a PR move after the bad blood the family created by pulling out of a downtown arena deal with the city of Sacramento.
But oliverira maintains a good deed is just hat.
“Honestly I really think he’s a dog lover, and a big fan, and I know what happened to Bodie affected a lot of people,” he said.
Bodie is in critical but stable condition at a Rancho Cordova animal hospital. He was shot in the face and paw by a suspect in a vehicle theft who ran into the backyard of a Land Park home on Friday.
Bodie went in after the suspect, Lucus J. Webb, 33, of Chico and was shot several times. An officer returned fire and killed Webb, who was identified Sunday by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
A woman who was in the car with Webb, Leslie McCulley, 28, also of Chico, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on several felony charges.