Home » News » Public Safety
Two dogs to join Nashua police force
With very little discussion, the Finance Committee authorized spending $13,000 in drug forfeiture funds to purchase a German shepherd and a Belgian Malinois.
"I think they are a wonderful part of your routine," Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly said of the dogs. The two new dogs will join two other dogs in the department's canine unit, including Ginger, a bloodhound tracking dog, and Mautz, a German shepherd patrol and narcotics dog. The dogs are handled by officers Jeff Connors and Robert Dunn.
The dogs are a tremendous asset to the department, as they serve as another tool to help law enforcement with criminal investigations, said police officials. They are used to track criminals from crime scenes, search for lost individuals, apprehend fleeing suspects and more.
"I really do believe that people respond differently to animals," Pressly said.
According to Capt. Bruce Hansen, the two new dogs will be replacing retired police dogs that left the department in 2009 and 2011.
Sgt. John Harvey of the Nashua Police Department led the search to find the two new working dogs. Harvey has visited with the two dogs, testing and evaluating them with their future handlers from the police department.
According to police officials, the new dogs and their handlers will be trained by Troy Casey of the Boston Police Department, who has been training the city's canine unit for many years. The dogs will be enrolled in a Police Canine Academy, according to the proposed purchase agreements with TBLACKK9 of Middleboro, Mass.
Arex, a male German shepherd, and Tango, a male Belgian Malinois, are both being sold for $6,500 each.
If the dogs cannot be certified as police canines, the seller will replace them with other dogs, or issue a full refund.
Most of the expenses for the city's police canine unit, which was started in 1996, are paid with drug forfeiture money, although additional costs are defrayed by local businesses though donations of supplies.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Abby says it's incredible to be home; mom tells TODAY daughter did not run away - 9
- Dozens of ill Keith Urban fans treated at concert near Boston - 0
- Five hikers rescued in separate incidents Saturday - 2
- Powerboat hits canoe on Winnipesaukee - 5
- Police search for driver in Hollis hit-and-run - 1
- Canoe, powerboat collide on Lake Winnipesaukee - 0
- Brothers escape being hit by circling boat - 1
- Cornish truck driver charged in fatal Merrimack crash - 3
- Truck flips on I-93 at Exit 4 on-ramp in Londonderry - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Distracted legislating: Our baseless cellphone ban - 0
- Another View -- Betsy McCaughey: Our free lunch President - 0
- Another View -- Karlyn Borysenko: Workplace bullying is a serious problem, governor - 0
- Workplace abuse: Governor gets one right - 0
- Red Sox pull Lester from Wednesday start amid trade rumors - 0
- Accused Abby kidnapper Kibby had past minor brushes with police - 0
- Police say youths at New Boston underage drinking party resisted arrest - 0
- Man hospitalized following Rochester shooting; suspect still at large - 0
- Muskrats, Swamp Bats split twinbill - 0
Win tickets to see ZZ Top
Win tickets to see the Pretty Reckless
Abby's alleged kidnapper held on $1M bail
Win tickets to see Ziggy Marley
When company comes, opt for variety
Dover man sought in Rochester shooting
Supporters are now 'Abby Strong'
Canobie Lake Park shuts down popular ride