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Petland Store Raises Money for Police Department Training Gear

(Chillicothe, OH, April 3, 2012) - The Petland store in Chillicothe is nearing its goal in donations to outfit the Chillicothe police K9 unit with much-needed training gear.

Petland has been collecting donations since late January in an effort to raise funds to purchase a training bite suit and headgear for use with Ciko, a two-year old Dutch Shepard partnered with Officer Tanya Gannon of the Chillicothe Police Department. The two have been a team since May, 2011.

Former K9 Officer Cyn Judd and his partner, Belgian Malinois Dudo, retired from the Chillicothe Police Department in early March. The training equipment Judd used with Dudo was his personal equipment so when the pair left, the department was in desperate need of new gear.

“Having the proper training gear is really important. The bite suit helps train the dog to understand reasonable force. It helps us teach them the takedown as well as the release,” said Officer Gannon.

A new bite suit and headgear will cost more than $1,400. Once the goal has been reached, Petland and the Chillicothe Police Department will host a demonstration of the training gear at the Ross County Fairgrounds. After training with Officer Gannon, Petland general manager Chris Adkins will don the suit for the demonstration.

The date for the demonstration has not yet been determined but is expected to be in mid to late April.

To support the Chillicothe Police K9 Unit Fund, please visit the Petland store on North Bridge Street next to Lowes. For any questions regarding the fund drive or the demonstration, please contact Petland General Manager Chris Adkins at (740) 773-1982.