Poland Township starts a fund for a police dog unit

Poland Township starts a fund for a police dog unit


A generous donation of $13,000 from a Poland resident has enabled the township police department to start up the fund for a police dog.

The township will need an additional $25,000 for a car and $8,000 for equipment, but the donation received will cover the cost of the dog and the training of an officer to handle the canine.

“We are well on our way to making this a reality,” said Eric Ungaro, township trustee.

The township police department had a police dog back in the early 2000s, but after the dog became sick the unit had to be shut down after four years.

Michael Simon, a township resident and animal lover, came to the department to offer his donation for a new dog the department had to accept.

“People are generous in our area,” Ungaro said. “[Simon] loves the community and loves Poland and just wanted to give back.”

Now, the department will start planning fund-raisers to raise the rest needed to have a complete police dog unit, police Chief Brian Goodin said.

The dog will be used for tracking and searching, as well as for public relations. Goodin said the dogs typically are in service for five to seven years.

Ungaro said the trustees are all in support of the program.

“It is just a proactive initiative,” Ungaro said. “I just think it is a home run.”

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