Ashley K9 Officer purchased with community fundraiser is now ‘a pet’


ASHLEY, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There is an update on a k-9 controversy in Luzerne County.

Last month Ashley Borough council President John Gibbons told I-team reporter Kelly Choate that k-9 “Mick” would continue to work for Ashley Borough Police Department.

Rumors to the contrary had surfaced after the dog’s handler handed in his resignation.

But at tonight’s meeting, borough council voted “two to one” to retire “Mick” and give the k-9 to the police officer who left the department for another job.

The Ashley community donated a total of 20-thousand dollars and the borough pitched in another seven-thousand to get “Mick” on duty last year.

Borough solicitor Bill Vinsko tells us the dog can’t be used at the officer’s new department.

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