Area K-9s get $6K titanium teeth, and 5 other memorable stories about police dogs in Ohio

Dogs with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office recently got titanium caps on their teeth paid for with $6,000 of seized drug money. 

Two of the department’s five K-9 officers had the dental work completed because they are “bite” dogs and had suffered damage through the course of their service, according to the sheriff’s office when asked about a rumor that taxpayer money paid for the pricey procedures. 

Sheriff Richard Jones said the office didn’t spend taxpayer funds on the titanium caps implanted on the dogs’ incisors. 

» RELATED: Drug dealers, not taxpayers, paid for Butler County K-9 teeth repairs 

Here are some other recent stories of police K-9 officers from around the region and state: 

Pit bull working as Ohio K-9 officer: 

A dog facing euthanasia became Ohio’s first pit bull to become a K-9 officer. The dog, Leonard, was trained to help cops sniff out drugs. He is also the first K-9 for Clay Township on the western edge of Lake Erie. 

Leonard and his handler recently finished their last day of training at Storm Dog Tactical in Sunbury. 

» RELATED: Pit bull will begin stint as Ohio police K-9 

Bob and Duffy (Bob’s the dog): 

The Tipp City Police Department’s new K9 unit, Bob, and his handler Officer Darren “Duffy” Soutar. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

The Tipp City Police Department welcomed its newest K-9 member of the department last November. The 2-year-old German Shepard simply goes by the name Bob. Bob met handler Officer Darren “Duffy” Soutar last summer, and they trained at Police Dog Services in Germantown. 

Bob took the position previously held by Gitta, a member of the department since 2008. She retired and lives with her handler, Sgt. Greg Adkins, and his family. 

» RELATED: Bob is Tipp City’s police latest police dog 

Bilingual in Beavercreek: 

Officer Dave Majercak has finished his K9 training with his new dog, Hans. The new K9 is trained and ready to go to work with the police department. SUBMITTED

The Beavercreek Police Department filled a position left vacant by the retirement of Officer K-9 DJ. Officer Dave Majercak and new K-9 officer Hans finished training last November. Hans is a 21-month-old Belgian Malinois and takes commands in German and understands English. 

» RELATED: Beavercreek police debut new K9 Officer Hans 

New K-9 coming to Fairborn: 

Last December, Fairborn police received a total $13,450 in donations from several community sources to bring the K-9 officer aboard this spring. According to a December memo to city staff, Chief Terry Barlow said the handler training would be in early spring and deployment of the dog before summer. 

» RELATED: Fairborn police receive donations for new K-9 officer 

Goodbye to Galli: 

Wright State Police honored Galli last week during a special retirement party at the university’s Hearth Lounge in the Student Union. Galli served the department as the first explosive detection K-9 for the university and additionally assisted the FBI and Secret Service on multiple occasions for low-level and high-level Homeland Security operations, according to her handler Sgt. Kurt Holden. 

» RELATED: Wright State Police K-9 retiring from duty