Canine Program

THE HARRISON County Sheriff’s Office isn’t going to the dogs, but it is getting a dog.

Sheriff Ronald J. Myers wasn’t telling a shaggy dog story, but was very serious when he talked to the county commissioners this week about reviving the K-9 unit.

Noting some internal reviewing had been done, Myers said, “We want to start the canine program back up, because we think it is vital to the residents of Harrison County.”

Commissioners took action to allow him to proceed with the purchase. It is only incidental that the purchase was approved during the dog days of summer.

Myers is hopeful training for the dog will begin in mid-August at Ohio Valley Canine near Bowerston.

The sheriff’s department isn’t barking up the wrong tree by having the training conducted in Harrison County. Myers pointed out this would save money for the county as it usually would have been necessary to pay for an officer to stay in a hotel during training. In the past, the training has been in Columbus.

HARRISON County is not alone in having a K-9 unit as many area law enforcement agencies utilize such dogs, especially for cases involving drugs and suspect tracking.

Having a K-9 unit isn’t putting on the dog, but is important in dealing with criminals.

The Martins Ferry Police Department recently obtained a new police dog, named Echo, and reports indicated he already is taking a bite out of crime. Echo certainly has attained the status of being the top dog, because Mayor Paul Riethmiller described him as “a top-notch police dog.”

Chad Kuhn, who works with Echo, reported not only has the dog been helpful in drug arrests, but he recently tracked an assault suspect about four blocks to the suspect’s home and a swift arrest resulted.

Kuhn and Echo have helped other agencies such as the Bridgeport police and Ohio State Highway Patrol in mutual aid calls. It’s obvious with Echo’s training, he won’t end up – figuratively – in the doghouse.

FOR criminals, who could be described as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, the use of canines probably doesn’t make them as happy as a flea in a doghouse.