Marc’ s donates funds to police K9 unit
Ballistic vests for dogs among equipment purchases planned
Marc’s Stores recently donated $7,500 to the Police Department K9 Unit as a part of its “Doggie Rewards” Program.
Marc’s Stores recently donated $7,500 to the Mentor Police Department K9 Unit as a part of its “Doggie Rewards” Program.
The program is funded through the sale of “Doggie Rewards” dog treats at Marc’s stores.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds from these treats are donated to animal shelters and police K9 units across Ohio,” said Marc’s President/Chief Operating Officer Kevin M. Yaugher. “Over $575,000 has been donated since the program’s inception in 2006.”
Mentor Police have two K9 officers. Bo and Titan have helped to track down and apprehend a number of suspects who have often been armed.
“You can’t say enough about how important they are to the team,” Chief Kevin Knight said. “The amount of drugs they’ve discovered over the years has resulted in numerous felony prosecutions and has helped keep dealers off our streets. The protection they offer to other officers during a call is vital, because we never know what we’re going to face.”
Both dogs are nearing retirement and are scheduled to be replaced this year at a cost of $28,000, which recently was donated by Mentor Municipal Judge John Trebets.
The cost to train, equip and maintain a police dog can exceed $50,000 through the extent of its career.
“We are grateful for Marc’s continued support of Mentor K9 units as well as other programs in our community,” said City Manager Ken Filipiak. “Funding for the program is maintained through the municipal budget, so contributions by corporate and private benefactors is greatly appreciated.
“These funds will be used towards the purchase of ballistic vests and other equipment for our K9 officers, and the dollars they offset can be spent elsewhere to help maintain the high level of safety services that the city of Mentor provides.”
Marc’s also bestowed $5,000 through the program to Mentor K9s in 2011, to assist with equipment and training.
City representatives expressed appreciation to those who purchased Doggie Rewards treats as well.
Marc’s recently donated $7,500to Mentor Police Department’s K9unit.