Thanks to the generosity of so many of the citizens of Ashland, we currently staff two K-9 Teams. In April of 2011, K-9 Carlos retired and was replaced with K-9 Eto and his partner, Officer Arron Welch. Later, we were able to bring on board a second K-9, Fello, who is partnered with Officer Craig Kiley.
Our K-9s are trained to detect narcotics and perform patrol tasks such as building and area searches, tracking, evidence recovery, handler protection and criminal apprehension. Since the beginning of the program, our K-9s have been instrumental in apprehending an armed robbery suspect, solving a string of daytime burglaries, locating narcotics, finding abandoned weapons, and stopping the abduction of a young girl from her home while she was sleeping. The dogs and handlers have also been responsible for a variety of criminal arrests, narcotics arrests and seizures of cash and property. A couple of the most notable included a seizure of $12,000 and the seizure of more than two pounds of marijuana.
The unit has successfully collaborated with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office and other surrounding law enforcement agencies. In addition, Eto and Fello go out into the community to strut their stuff and show their appreciation to the people of Ashland. Our K-9 officers have gone to schools, businesses and many charitable events.
A special THANK YOU to Lloyd and Norma Wygant for their generous donation to the K-9 program. If not for their magnanimity we would not have Eto and two hard-working K-9 Teams!
Thank you to Bill and Patti Schumaker for their gift to our K-9 Fund, you are true friends of the Ashland Police Division, and thank you to all the people who donated during our K-9 Fund Drive, without you, our community would not have the opportunity to have Eto and Fello.