“The program is funded through the sale of “Doggie Rewards” dog treats at Marc’s stores. 100% of the proceeds from these treats are donated to animal shelters and Police K9 units across Ohio,” says Marc’s President/COO, Kevin M. Yaugher, “Over $575,000 have been donated since the program’s inception in 2006.”
Mentor Police currently have two K9 officers on duty which are a critical part of team. Bo and Titan have proven to be invaluable over the years by helping track down and apprehend a number of suspects who have often been armed.
Both dogs are nearing retirement and are scheduled to be replaced this year at a cost of $28,000 which was recently donated by Mentor Municipal Judge John Trebets.
The cost to train, equip, and maintain a police dog can exceed $50,000 through the extent of its career.
“We are grateful for Marc’s continued support of Mentor K9 Units as well as other programs in our community. Funding for the program is maintained through the municipal budget so contributions by corporate and private benefactors is greatly appreciated,” says Mentor City Manager, Kenneth J. Filipiak, “These funds will be used towards the purchase of ballistic vests and other equipment for our K9 officers and the dollars they offset can be spent elsewhere to help maintain the high level of safety services that the City of Mentor provides.”
In addition to this year’s donation, Marc’s also bestowed $5,000 through the program to Mentor K9s in 2011 to assist with equipment and training.
Thanks to those who have purchased Doggy Rewards treats and supported Mentor’s K9 Units.