K9s receive Kroger donations


By Nathan Pilling - npilling@civitasmedia.com



Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Benny sniffs out his donated package of gifts.


Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Roy checks out his donated package of gifts.


Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Kroger officials with the $500 check presented for K9 vests.


Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Roy looks on at the gift presentation Wednesday.


XENIA — Two members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office will be getting new ballistics vests thanks to a community fundraising campaign boosted in part by a donation from the Xenia Kroger.

Those two officers, Roy and Benny, each have four legs and a tail. Yes, thanks to the community campaign, the sheriff’s office’s two K9 units will now be better protected in the field thanks to the donation. Officials from the grocery store and from the local law enforcement office were on hand for a $500 check – and treat – presentation Wednesday morning.

According to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, the donation came about because of the efforts of Nancy Hazlett, a Xenia resident who solicited funds for the vests when she found out the dogs’ old vests had expired.

After Hazlett approached the Xenia Kroger store about donating, “We thought why not try and help in a little bit bigger way than what she was asking for,” the store’s manager, Angie Vanatta, said. “We took on full force trying to get them some money.”

Fischer expressed his thanks for the donation: “It’s a worthwhile project, and we appreciate it,” he said. “… These are working dogs. They’re so important to, one, the safety of the county, because they do catch bad guys, two, they are vital to drug enforcement. … It’s a tool in our utility belt that we have.”

According to Fischer, the vests cost about $1,100 a piece. The funds raised also helped to purchase a software program that tracks the K9s in the field, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Benny sniffs out his donated package of gifts.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_krog1.jpgNathan Pilling | Greene County News Benny sniffs out his donated package of gifts.

Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Roy checks out his donated package of gifts.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_krog2.jpgNathan Pilling | Greene County News Roy checks out his donated package of gifts.

Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Kroger officials with the $500 check presented for K9 vests.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_krog3.jpgNathan Pilling | Greene County News Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Kroger officials with the $500 check presented for K9 vests.

Nathan Pilling | Greene County News Roy looks on at the gift presentation Wednesday.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_krog4.jpgNathan Pilling | Greene County News Roy looks on at the gift presentation Wednesday.

By Nathan Pilling

npilling@civitasmedia.com

Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.

Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.

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