K-9 Arie of South Euclid, OH, joins the department at just the right time.
K-9 Arie, a 12-month old Belgian Malinois, joined the South Euclid Police Department in South Euclid, Ohio at just the right time. The department formerly worked with K-9 Oktane, but the K-9 was sadly diagnosed with cancer in December 2017. He soon passed away at five years old, leaving a very tough void to fill. Shortly after, the department faced a major loss: Pam O’Toole, the President of the South Euclid Police K-9 Foundation suddenly passed away.
Officer Mike Fink, Master Trainer at the North American Police Work Dog Association, explains: “Thanks to memorial donations in honor of Pam, the department was able to raise money for Arie’s purchase and training.” Among the many contributors included the National Police Dog Foundation as well as a very generous anonymous donor. In fact, this mystery donation took place at a fundraiser held at VCA Great Lake Veterinary Specialists, the hospital that cared for Oktane.
Fink explains how the money raised “covered not just the dog and his training, but also much of the equipment used to work and train Arie.” This allowed K-9 Arie to begin training in June at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, PA, eventually graduating in August. Along with his partner, Patrolman Pat Delehanty, the K-9 also completed a week of advanced training with the department’s in-house trainer.
Arie is described as a “high speed, very social dog”—an ideal fit for his daily tasks of road patrol and public relations. The K-9 will also be assigned to one of three patrol shifts where he will answer any and all calls needing K-9 assistance.
The National Police Dog Foundation is proud to have contributed to the South Euclid Police Department, particularly during their tough time of transition. We look forward to seeing K-9 continue to flourish in his new position.
The purchasing and training of K-9s can be very expensive and most K-9 departments simply do not have the funds they need. The National Police Dog Foundation’s K-9 Purchasing Fund and K-9 Training Fund helped fund the grant to this law enforcement K-9 unit to assist in the costs for the purchasing and the initial training for the K-9. But we need your help. To donate, please click on the button below. The K-9s really need your help.