YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thanks to a local business, police at Youngstown State University now have a place to keep their new K-9 officer, as well as other animals they may find wandering around campus.
Wednesday morning, workers with Home Depot in Boardman dropped off a kennel large enough to shelter the campus police K-9, Gino, while his handler and partner is working at the station. But YSU Police Chief John Beshara said the donation also will provide officers a safe place to hold other animals they find running loose on campus until the rightful owner can be found.
“The most recent one was a few months ago where we had found a dog. We didn’t have a place to keep it, so our officer, one of our dog lovers, was taking the dog home every night and bringing that dog back every day,” Beshara said.
The kennel is worth about $300. In addition, Home Depot also will be donating a wooden dog house for use by Gino’s handler, Patrolman Mark Mehley, when he takes his partner home at the end of their shift.