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Waynesboro student donates funds toward police dog

May 04, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday accepted the first donation for obtaining a trained police dog for use by township officers.

Waynesboro Area Senior High School student Jasmine Kimbrough presented the township with $250 as part of her graduation project.

The contribution will be put in the bank to gather interest, and it will only be used for a dog or related expenses, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Supervisors Chairman Stephen Kulla asked whether the K-9 project had moved out of the discussion phases, to which other township officials answered it had not.

Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said the township received an offer last year to receive a donated dog. However, an officer and trainer worked with that dog, and the animal was not a good fit, she said.

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"We're looking at grants," Gladhill said.

"The vet bills and food are already donated," Christopher said, saying most everything would be upfront costs.

Police Chief Barry Keller would need to be further consulted before the township actively pursued getting a dog, Christopher said.

In neighboring Waynesboro borough, businesses and residents contributed $12,000 to enable the police department to buy a Dutch shepherd, Sarge, in late 2008.

Sarge was trained through Castle's K-9 in Mechanicsburg, Pa. His training included conducting building, area and narcotics searches, as well as assisting human officers in controlling aggressive individuals, according to published reports.

Sarge participated in searches following the Antietam Pharmacy robbery and Kristy Dawn Hoke homicide in April.

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