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Tell the tooth, K-9, how’d you break canine? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:36 PM

Here's a riddle: would a K-9 without a canine be OK?

Veterinarians consulted by Dillsboro police were of varying opinions after Dillsboro's new K-9 Chevy broke a canine tooth. So at its December meeting Dillsboro Town Council approved spending $649 for a root canal and filling for the dog.

Dillsboro Police Chief Ryan Brandt said one veterinarian said the tooth would be fine, another said to pull it, and a third said pulling it would cause dental problems. But the veterinary orthodontic specialist recommended a root canal.

“It's an unexpected cost; I don't know how it happened,” said Brandt. The drug-detection dog could have broken it in training, in his kennel, or perhaps by trying to eat a rock. Council approved paying the cost from riverboat gambling sharing revenue.

Meanwhile, the town received an $8,545 grant to purchase an in-car camera for the K-9 vehicle and to cover $3,900 in operating costs for the K-9 for 2013, said Brandt. The dog already has been earning his keep, however.

In his first month on the job, Chevy participated in a search at Milan High School, along with other K-9 units, said Brandt.

“He indicated drugs in a locker, along with a purse in a classroom,” said Brandt. And Sunday, Dec. 9, Chevy and Dillsboro Officer Josh Cody, his handler, were called to Possum Ridge outside Aurora, when no other K-9 units were available.

The young black Labrador alerted to four bags at the residence, said Brandt. The dog also found two bags of drugs at a Dillsboro housing complex.

In November, Cody donated around 12 hours of off-duty time to the program, including training with Chevy at an empty house in town provided by its owner, added Brandt.

In other police business, Brandt said code enforcement was dealing with campers parked in yards and semi-trucks and trailers parked on streets where they blocked motorists' vision of oncoming traffic. Meanwhile, citations against two residences with code violations remained in court, he said.