|Fostoria gets donation for new K9 officer|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:39|
A retired Wood County sheriff's deputy has made a $2,500 donation to the Fostoria Police Department to purchase a new K9 officer. One of the department's K9 officers, Ninja, had to be put down two weeks ago after a battle with cancer.
"I know when you lose an animal it's not just an animal, it's family," said Bill Frankart, who made the donation.
Frankart, of rural Fostoria and owner of Enviro Tire Recycling, said he appreciates the value of a K9 unit to a department having patrolled the roads himself.
"It will give the department another tool to combat crime," he said. "You can't beat a dog. It can do a lot of things a human can't."
Frankart said he has been impressed with the efforts of Fostoria's young police officers to try and "clean up" the city and improve its reputation. He believes a second K9 unit is essential to their continued efforts.
Fostoria police Capt. Pat Brooks estimated the cost for another K9 unit would be between $12,000 and $15,000. The department would like to have a fully-certified police dog that can engage is suspect pursuits, tracking and drug-sniffing.
Ninja was a drug-sniffing dog.
So far, Brooks said, about $2,800 has been donated to the department for purchase of another police dog.
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