Waynesboro police at 40% of goal to buy new K-9

December 01, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Thanks in part to a $1,000 donation, the Waynesboro Police Department on Monday reached 40 percent of its fundraising goal to purchase a new dog trained for narcotics searches.

The department had used the services of Ex since 2000, but recently lost the shepherd to bone cancer. Nearly $12,000 will be needed to purchase a new dog, which has already been ordered from Castle's K-9 of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

"They supply dogs all over the world. They pick specific dogs from litters," Cpl. John Shindledecker said, adding that he has been told the new puppy will likely come from Holland.

The corporal visited 40 dogs before selecting Ex, who would have turned 10 years old this Christmas. They trained, worked and lived together.


"I'm looking for a social dog with high drive," said Shindledecker, who said he misses not only the added feeling of security on patrol, but also the companionship.

The chosen dog will go to training school in March, Mayor Richard Starliper said.

On Monday, the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Kennel Club presented the police department with a check for $1,000, bringing the total raised to about $4,800. The American Kennel Club has asked member organizations to do charitable work, especially that connected to animals.

"We have warm spots in our hearts for dogs who work closely with people," said Fran Calverase, a board member of the Chambersburg Area Kennel Club.

The police donation came from revenue generated by the club's biannual dog shows, Calverase said. The next one will be Saturday in Gettysburg, Pa., he said.

Calverase, who said the club has 25 members from across Franklin County and beyond, mentioned the possibility of contributing to the police dog at the club's last meeting.

"When I announced it, they said, 'Yay! Let's do it,'" he said. "It was a unanimous vote."

Shindledecker, who said his family misses Ex terribly, told club members a story about chasing a rape suspect several years ago.

"He bailed out of the car, and Ex was able to get him," the corporal said.

One of Ex's last tasks involved going to Carroll Valley, Pa., and searching for a man who was eventually found lying on top of a gun.

"We did a lot of tracking for other agencies in the county," Shindledecker said.

His father plans to donate to the cause after hosting one of his radio shows at the Eagles Club. The Dec. 20 "Breakfast in Waynesboro" will be broadcast on WJEJ 1240.

"The dog is an asset to the police department and community," the elder John Shindledecker said.

Tickets to the family-oriented comedy and musical event can be purchased by calling him at 717-762-4752 or by visiting the Parlor House, James Shoes, Key Insurance or the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and younger.

Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King credited Steve Minnich from Wayne Distributors for not only donating toward the dog purchase but encouraging other businesses to do so. Among those businesses are D.M. Evans Beer Distribution of Chambersburg, and Sheffer Beer Distributors and Brewery Products, both of York, Pa. Additional donations came from Rutter's Farm Store, Order of the Owls Nest 1073, Kornfield & Benchoff law firm and the local VFW post.

Waynesboro Veterinary Clinic donated its services for the life of the dog and provided a monetary donation. Dr. Dennis McCullough and staff cared for Ex and paid for the dog's cremation.

"You couldn't ask for anybody better, considering what he did for Ex," King said.

King also expressed thanks for a number of personal checks that have arrived from residents in the greater Waynesboro area.

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