The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department is feeling thankful this Christmas season for a number of generous local businesses who are helping to assure our streets are safe.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Tom Howard recognized Dr. Karl Yurko, Dr. James Radcliffe, and the Fitzsimmons Law Firm for their contributions to the K9 Division.
Keeping the four-legged officers safe on the streets of Ohio County is no easy feat, and it also doesn’t come cheap.
“K9’s are a major investment for any department, and it definitely helps with the support to pay for them. It doesn’t come out of tax dollars, everything is supported by generous donations,” Sheriff Howard said.
He presented plaques of appreciation to his community partners, who through donations and veterinary care ensure that the four K9 officers on the department are healthy and safe.
“We consider it an honor and we consider it a privilege to take care of these dogs,” said Dr. James Radcliffe of Town and Country Animal Hospital. Dr. Radcliffe has been taking care of Ohio County’s K9’s for more than ten years. He and his staff currently take care of K9 Vetta and K9 Cruz.
“Jennifer and I at KEY Animal Hospital, are very proud to make a donation towards the purchase of the K9 unit for the officers to work with and protect and serve our community,” said Dr. Karl Yurko of KEY Animal Hospital. Dr. Yurko made a monetary donation to help with the purchase of two of the newest dogs, K9 Silver and K9 Zoro. He also helps to care for the animals.
The K9 officers are on every shift, and assist with traffic stops, drug investigations, and more.
“It’s that extra level of protection and it’s extra tool. We have an opioid problem and drugs, and it’s another tool in their arsenal to combat the drug problem here locally,” said Rocky Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Law Firm. The Firm made a generous donation that allowed for the purchase of K9’s Silver and Zoro, along with vests to protect them.
Over the summer, K9’s Silver and Zoro finished their training and are now out patrolling their streets with their two-legged partners.
“It’s a benefit to all the citizens of Ohio County, to run the K9 unit very efficiently and productively,” Sheriff Howard said.
Everyone recognized Wednesday said they are honored to help with the K9 program in Ohio County.
“Well, it’s always special. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, they’re a special group. Their heart and soul is in the community and to get recognition from them is a special thing,” Fitzsimmons said.