Marc’ s do­nates funds to po­lice K9 unit

Bal­lis­tic vests for dogs among equip­ment pur­chases planned

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - Staff re­port

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.

SUB­MIT­TED

Marc’s re­cently do­nated $7,500to Men­tor Po­lice De­part­ment’s K9unit.

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