Country band Florida Georgia Line donates new K-9 to Indianapolis police

Florida Georgia Line

INDIANAPOLIS — Grammy-nominated Florida Georgia Line honored police before they took the stage in Indianapolis Saturday, Sept. 7, presenting them with a special gift — a new police dog.

The German shepherd was donated to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department ahead of the band headlining at the FGL Fest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday.

“Thank you, Florida Georgia Line for IMPD’s newest K-9 partner! #WeAreIMPD,” police posted on Facebook, along with an image of the band with the dog.

Brian Kelley, one-half of the duo, first met the dog in 2018, when the pup was just 10 weeks old. He named him Sarge.

He and his wife, Brittney, wanted to adopt Sarge and have the dog trained by Mike Sweeney, according to the band’s publicist, Sweet Talk PR. Soon, they realized Sarge had special talents and would make a strong police dog.

“We are so excited that Sarge will live a life of keeping people and his officers safe,” Brian and Brittney Kelley said in a joint statement. “Being able to give back is something in our hearts, and last night in Indianapolis was a moment we won’t forget.”

The newest member of the IMPD will be used as an explosive detective dog, and hadn’t yet been named by his new handlers, according to IMPD Sergeant Grace Sibley.

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