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Local K-9s get needed support

We offer thanks to a group of 57 Little Caesars Pizza franchises in West Virginia for their efforts to support the state’s law enforcement agencies.

Last week, a representative of the national food chain visited the area to present tracking collars to the Weirton Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for use in their K-9 divisions. The collars, one to each department, will be placed on a K-9 in circumstances such as when they are chasing a suspect.

This way, in the event the dog gets away from its officer, they will know where it is.

The tracking collar is said to have a range of 9 miles, and can be accessible through a smartphone app. Officials say they will come in handy, especially in the rural and wooded areas of our communities.

This isn’t the first time Little Caesars has shown its support for police departments in the Mountain State.

Two years ago, franchises raised money to purchase first aid kits, also for use by K-9 divisions.

We are fortunate in our area to have several departments with K-9 divisions, at the city and county level. They have shown their worth an untold number of times during the years, during active arrest conditions, searching for illegal narcotics and explosive devices, helping to locate lost individuals and as ambassadors of sorts in the communities. The K-9 divisions often are taken to schools, local fairs and other events for meet-and-greets and demonstrations.

We thank them for all they do, and thank Little Caesars for their support.

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