Metroparks: Pup joins father in K9 corps

2:31 PM, Sep 28, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Two-month-old K9 Logan was sworn in to Cleveland Metroparks K9 corps Wednesday morning.

He follows a family tradition as his father, K9 Radar, is already serving in the corps.

Logan has big pawprints to fill.

Logan was born on July 22 and joined the department on September 1. Logan, a German Shepherd, was donated by Schmidt's of Macedonia.

Owners Tom and Kathy Schmidt have donated and trained dogs for more than 40 law enforcement agencies in Ohio. They also founded Buckeye Area Regional K-9 (B.A.R.K.), an organization that meets weekly to provide training at no-cost to those agencies.

Logan, named after his grandfather, is the third dog donated to Cleveland Metroparks from Tom and Kathy Schmidt and is the son of current K-9, Radar.

Logan is handled by Ranger Kevin Gibson and will be trained in tracking, narcotics and apprehension.

"The K-9 unit adds great depth to the department and has been an invaluable service to the community," said Ranger Chief Gregory M. Loftus.

"Logan has already begun his training and is interacting well with other K-9 dogs as well as following simple commands," said Gibson.

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