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Published: Sunday, 3/23/2014 - Updated: 7 months ago

Program raises money to buy armor for 3 police dogs

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Adriana Persiani, 9, gives the Perrysburg Township police dog X, a three-year-old German Shepherd, a pat during the Kevlar for K-9's fundraiser Saturday at the Black Belt Academy in Perrysburg. Adriana Persiani, 9, gives the Perrysburg Township police dog X, a three-year-old German Shepherd, a pat during the Kevlar for K-9's fundraiser Saturday at the Black Belt Academy in Perrysburg.
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Lake Township police officer Jon Penny has now been shocked with a stun gun five times -- the last time was Saturday and it was to raise money to protect police K-9 officers.

The first four times were for training purposes. For the fifth shock, the person who donated the most money was able to stun him.

The fund-raiser held at the Black Belt Academy in Perrysburg, where Mr. Penny is the director, was trying to raise $4,200 to buy protective equipment for three local police dogs. X with Perrysburg Township police, Bruno with Lake Township police, and Gideon with Rossford police are all dogs without bullet-proof armor.

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"They are the first to go into danger and the least protected," Mr. Penny said. "Sixty percent of dogs that lose their lives (in duty) are from gunshots or stab wounds. This armor is not full-proof but helps."

On Saturday, the students at the Black Belt Academy practiced air kicks in the morning with people pledging to donate a penny for every air kick. Students had goals of trying to get to 1,000 air kicks. After Mr. Penny was shocked with the stun gun, there were K-9 officer demonstrations, showcasing their sense of smell.

There were also firetrucks for children to check out, and safety seminars conducted in the afternoon.

How does being shocked by a stun gun feel? "I'm failing to put it into words," Mr. Penny said. "The first time was the worst because it was unlike anything I've felt before."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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