Neighbors | Submitted.The Busters Brigade donated a scanner to the Mill Creek Park police department as part of their ongoing project to donate chip scanners to local police forces.
By JESSICA HARKER
The Busters Brigade partnered with local law enforcement to reconnect lost dogs with their owners.
“We do a little bit of everything,” said Trish Collins, a member of the groups board. “It’s just a matter of helping dogs and cats get into the best situation they can.”
Collins said the group became concerned when they learned that a number of police stations locally don’t have a chip scanner, forcing many to take dogs and cats that are lost directly to the pound.
They created a program to solve this problem, by donating scanners to interested law enforcement.
“We just started reaching out and see what the need and interest was,” Collins said. “We were very surprised by the results.”
She explained that the first interested group was the Campbell Police Department.
After that the group has also donated to Poland, Boardman, Struthers and event Mill Creek Park.
The group also reached out to Canfield and Austintown police departments, who already possessed scanners.
“It’s just really important to us to connect lost pets back with their owners as quickly as possible,” Collins said.
The Busters Brigade is fairly new to the area, having started in October 2018.
The group is a 501c3 organization and has been involved in a wide range of community service.
This service includes teaming up with the YSU pre-veterinary group, donating dog food to Second Harvest Food Bank, and providing financial and material assistance to community members struggling to provide for their pets.
“We understand that to a lot of people animals are important members of the family and we just want to make sure animals get to and stay in loving homes,” Collins said.
For more information on the organization or to donate, go to www.bustersbrigade.org.