ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 25 -- The city of Anaheim issued the following news release:
The Anaheim Cultural and Heritage Commission has approved sculptor Susan Bahary as the artist to design the bronze K9 monuments to be placed in Anaheim's future dog parks.
The monuments will honor Anaheim Police Department K9 officers. Earlier this year, K9 Bruno was shot while on duty. Bruno survived and has inspired millions throughout the world in support of the dangerous work by police officers and their K9 partners each and every day.
"I am thankful to the Cultural and Heritage Commission for their review on the selection of Ms. Susan Bahary as the artist and sculptress of the monuments," said Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray, who introduced the K9 monument project. "These new monuments will be a great addition to the dog parks and will be enjoyed by the community for generations to come. They are extraordinary designs, and they capture the elegant strength of our brave K9 officers."
"The Commission is overwhelmingly excited to be part of honoring all the K9 police dogs who have helped for so long," said Chris Maya, Chair, Anaheim Cultural and Heritage Commission. "This is what we need at the upcoming dog parks. This is such a great idea and so easy for everyone to get behind."
La Palma Park is the location for Anaheim's first dog park, scheduled to open later this year. The Olive Hills dog park is set to begin construction this fall and open spring 2015.
The monuments will be funded by donations, as organized by the Kash for K9s community volunteer committee. This past July the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel Industry committed an initial $25,000 to Kash for K9s as the seed money to encourage donations from individuals as well as organizations. To make a donation, please visit www.KashForK9s.com.
Bahary, an internationally acclaimed sculptor of animal and human subjects, sculpted the first official U.S. monument to the heroic war dog. Always Faithful was unveiled at the Pentagon in 1994, then dedicated and installed at the U.S. Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery on Guam. Additional editions of Always Faithful have been placed at other locations, to complement Bahary's canine sculptures, including Faithful Partner and Smokey and Dogs of All Wars, and The Working Dog Memorial at Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base. In 2013 her bronze memorial honoring the brave fallen lead dog handler for SEAL Team Six John Douangdara and his military working dog Bart was installed at the Siousland Freedom Park in Nebraska.
For more information on Kash For K9s, please visit www.KashForK9s.com.
Bahary's sculptures can be viewed at www.baharystudios.com.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.