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Ashley K-9 Controversy Continues

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  The controversial decision to retire a police K-9 in Ashley still has people who live there upset.

In April, Ashley Borough Council President John Gibbons told Eyewitness News K-9, Mick, would continue to work for the borough’s police squad even though his handler left for another police department.

     But just two weeks ago borough council voted to retire Mick and give him to the police officer who left.

     That’s after the community held fundraisers to get $20,000 for the dog two years ago.

     Now he’s what the police chief calls a very expensive pet.

“It was a slap in the face. It was still a relatively young dog. It a very well trained K-9. Had a good reputation. It could have still been put to use. No reason to get rid of it in my opinion,” Said  David Fedorczyk Chief, Ashley Borough Police.

The chief says there are no current plans to get a new dog for the department.


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