Police K-9 Units
Aurora Veterinary Clinic is proud to serve the police dogs of Aurora, Mantua, Streetsboro and Garrettsville.
Garrettsville: Jack, a German Shepherd, was born March 23, 2014 in Czechoslovakia. The Village Of Garrettsville purchased Jack from Von Der Haus Gill Kennel in Wapakoneta Ohio. Jack and his handler attended a six week training course at Von Der Haus Gill Kennel and became certified by the State of Ohio in Narcotics Detection and Patrol work, such as tracking, evidence recovery, building and area searches, and apprehensions. Since they started working together Jack has become a member of my family and a very strong asset to the Village of Garrettsville.
Streetsboro: Kaya, a Belgian Malinois, was born January 10th 2016. He was donated by Tom Schmidt from BARK, Buckeye Area Regional K9’s. Kaya was certified in June in narcotics, finding articles, and tracking people. In August, Kaya was certified in apprehension, handler protection, and off leash obedience.
Mantua: Vader was born on April 11, 2011 in the Czech Republic. Vader came to America in 2012 and was paired up with then Patrolman Ken Justus. Vader and Justus attended a 6 week basic training program at Excel K-9 in Hiram. Vader is certified in Narcotics, Tracking, Article Search, Apprehension, Building Searches, Area Searches, and Handler Protection. Vader lives with now Lieutenant Justus at his home. Vader was the first police dog for the Mantua Police Department since 2001. Vader is the sixth police dog in the history of the Mantua Police Department. Vader came with a pedigree and is bred from a competition Schutzhund German Shepherd.
Mantua: In loving memory of Diablo: Diablo was born December 24, 2008 in the Czech Republic. On November 1, 2014 he was partnered with Sgt. Joe Urso of the Mantua Police Department, who is Diablo’s second handler. In November 2014, Sgt. Urso completed his training with Diablo at Excel K-9 in Hiram Twp. Upon completion of his training Diablo can detect marijuana, heroin, crack, cocaine, methamphetamines, and any derivatives of these. Diablo, which means “devil” in Spanish, received his name in support of the Crestwood Red Devils; where he works along with Sgt. Urso five days a week. Diablo passed away on March 20, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He will be forever in our hearts and is missed by all.