Coshocton County re-establishes K-9 Program

Sheriff Timothy L. Rogers is pleased to announce K-9 Dingo, handler Deputy Dave Stone, are now in service and patrolling Coshocton County.

The last Canine in service was K-9 Zaff with handler Detective Brent McKee. They served from 1992-2000.

Through the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bechtol we were able to purchase K-9 Dingo on Aug. 24, 2007. A-1 Vet Care made donations to cover all routine medical expenses and Coshocton County Realtors Association donated a bullet/stab proof vest to be worn by K-9 Dingo. Without these donations we would not have been able to re-establish this much needed service.

Once the funding was in place the search for a handler was underway. Many candidates were interviewed for this very important roll. However, one candidate stood out who has the knowledge, energy, ability and commitment to make this program successful.

Deputy Dave Stone was selected to carry out the responsibility of the K-9 handler. Deputy Stone was promoted to the Canine Unit in August of 2007 where he was partnered with K-9 Dingo.

Deputy Stone and K-9 Dingo then attended the Canton Police Departments Canine Program at the Canton Canine Field on September 4, 2007 and graduated with flying colors on December 14, 2007. K-9 Dingo and Deputy Stone received State Certifications for Tracking, Article Search, Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamines and Criminal Apprehension, Canine Control and Canine Searches.

Deputy Dave Stone along with the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Gary Haft of the Canton City Police Department and Tim Wilmoth of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for donating their time to train Deputy Stone and K-9 Dingo.

Since certification Deputy Stone and Canine Dingo have assisted in the tracking of suspects and missing persons, drug searches and suspect apprehension, During these tracks K-9 Dingo has located stolen property as well as suspect clothing articles. K-9 Dingo has also located marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia during multiple traffic stops.

Donations to the Canine Program are most graciously accepted. Donations can be sent to the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office, 328 Chestnut St, Coshocton, Ohio 43812, Attention Sheriff Rogers. All moneys received will go directly to support the Canine Program.