Canine cops have taken over Chicago in police (and pets) fundraiser

Chicago has gone to the dogs.

Well, at least for the summer.

But better catch them quick.

The K9 for Cops public art campaign ends on Labor Day.

Created by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and PAWS Chicago, it’s been a wonderful addition to the city’s Magnificent Mile and around downtown.

If you’re not in Chicago to see them before they’re gone, don’t worry.

We’ve posted a collection of images — and the story behind them — here.

The public art installation is also a fundraising campaign.

“The initiative serves to memorialize Chicago’s heroic fallen officers while supporting the families of police officers killed of police officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty,” officials explained.

To date, 574 Chicago police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Little wonder so many organizations jumped aboard.

Lending their names and donations to sponsor 105 fiberglass pooches.

Money raised from the campaign will also go to help pets in the city.

PAWS Chicago, which stands for Pets Are Worth Saving, offers free spay and neuter services as well as medical care for pets of residents who may not be able to otherwise afford it.

Each German Shepherd statue is meant to represent the city’s fearless canine cops.

Right now, Chicago police has about 70 police dogs.

The dogs do everything from helping search for missing people, track suspects, detect drugs and bombs or just stand tall at public service events.

They are also incredibly adorable — even in statue form.

Designed by local artists, the statues have been standing guard at 48 locations — but only through Monday.

You almost want to hug them all.

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