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FOSTORIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A Fostoria man has donated
$2,500 to the police department to get a new dog, after one of their K-9s was
put to sleep earlier this week.
Bill Frankart is the owner
of Enviro Tire Recycling, a retired Wood County Sheriff's deputy, and life-long
Fostoria resident. Earlier this week, he learned the Fostoria Police Department's
German Shepherd, Ninja, lost his fight with cancer.
"I'm pretty much an animal
lover, and I know we have a bunch of good, young officers in Fostoria, and I
just want to help them out with another tool to do their job," Frankart said.
Officer Brandon Bell works
with the only K-9 left in the unit.
"It's invaluable for the
City of Fostoria," Bell said. "Not only our department, but the community, in
general. It's an invaluable tool that helps us fight crime in the city and the
Because of Frankart's past
in law enforcement, he understands and recognizes the need for K-9s.
"[They're] a lot better at
smelling, and the police will be able to make more arrests and stop some of
these guys from peddling drugs," he said.
Although his $2,500
donation will get the ball rolling, a new K-9 can cost up to $12,000. Frankart
hopes his donation is not the last, and would like to see other citizens and
businesses donate, as they have in the past.
The department is
grateful, and excited to add a new member to their unit.