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Mason and Dixon Kennel Club donates $2,500 to city police

February 19, 2008

Earlier this month, the Mason and Dixon Kennel Club donated $2,500 to the Hagerstown Police Department to assist in the completion of a K-9 training facility. The check was presented by MDKC President Victor Guilmino to Lt. Michael King.

Also attending the presentation were Officer Patty Shantz and her two K-9 companions Angel and Noro; Officer Tom Bartles and his K-9 companion Queen; Officer Eric Knode and his K-9 companion Ben; and Detective Brian Hook and his K-9 companion Sam.

The idea for the donation originated in January after a demonstration by Officers Patty Shantz and Tom Bartles and their K-9 companions at the January membership meeting.

Indicating the K-9 training was taking place outside of Washington County, the club membership determined they would like to help complete the training facility that was planned locally.

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"Long Fencing donated the fencing two years ago, but we haven't been able to complete the course until now," King said. , "With this donation from the Mason and Dixon Kennel Club, we will be able to provide a specialized training facility for our human/K-9 teams right here in the county. We are very pleased about this donation."

Guilmino indicated the membership is delighted to be able to make the donation to the police. "It is with great pleasure that the Mason and Dixon Kennel Club presents this donation. Our members are keenly aware of the need to train on a regular basis."

"We are very happy to help the HPD complete this much needed training facility right here in Washington County," Guilmino said. "These officers and their canine companions give so much to our community, putting their lives on the line every day. We are very happy to be able to give something back to them."

The Mason and Dixon Kennel Club is an AKC affiliated, all breed kennel club dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.

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