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. He 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. He is partnered with Officer Craig Kiley.
Our K-9s are trained to detect narcotics and perform patrol tasks. Building and area searchers, tracking, evidence recovery, handler protection and criminal apprehension are examples of these duties.
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..
Since the unit has been organized, the dogs and handlers have been responsible for a variety of criminal arrests, narcotics arrests and seizures of cash and property. Some of the most notable have been a seizure of $12,000 and the seizure of more than two pounds of marijuana.
The unit has been utilized by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office and other surrounding law enforcement agencies have used the canine teams numerous times with great success.
Eto and Fello also go out into the community to strut their stuff and show their appreciation to the people of Ashland. They 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.