Cadiz welcomes new K-9 officer

CADIZ – Mayor Ken Zitko had the honor of swearing in the newest addition to the Cadiz Police Department at Thursday’s council meeting. K-9 Officer Ramos, accompanied by his handler, Officer C.J. Byers, was formally read the oath.

“Ramos, do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the state of Ohio and that you will faithfully, honestly and impartially discharge the duties of the canine officer of the village of Cadiz and Harrison County,” Zitko asked. Ramos barked his assent.

The Cadiz Police Department’s last K-9 officer, Indy, was retired in March due to failing eyesight. Indy, whose handler was Sgt. Ron Carter, suffers from a genetic disorder, so his replacement was covered under warranty from Ohio Valley K-9, of Bowerston. The police department’s only cost for Ramos was to cover his shipment from the Netherlands.

Byers explained many police dogs come from European countries because of more reliable breeding backgrounds.

He said he is thankful for the opportunity to be a K-9 handler.

“I was lucky enough to be asked of something I’ve always wanted to do since I became a police officer,” he offered, adding it is a big responsibility. Ramos, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, stays with Byers day in and day out.

Chief Ryan McCann mentioned Ramos’ dog box was donated by the Belmont Vocational School District.

Ramos is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, area searches, basic obedience, article searches and agility. His first official shift was Wednesday night.