Butch, a 2-year-old German shepherd, is the newest member of the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The slender, pitch-black pooch arrived on American soil about two weeks ago and immediately began familiarizing himself with Deputy Dan Orzech, his new handler.
Butch will be able to fully perform his duties in mid-September. Until then, he and Orzech continue to perfect their skills and commands, which Orzech delivers mostly in German.
Ventra Sandusky, in Margaretta Township, gave the sheriff's office about $11,000 to purchase a new police dog. The donation — primarily from Chris Evangelisti, the plant's corporate security director — covered the costs to buy and train Butch, as well as transporting him by plane from Germany.
CritterCroft Pet Clinic in Milan and Pet Supplies Plus also contributed funds. In the end, taxpayers didn't have to contribute a single penny for Butch's arrival, training, food or future services.
Read more about the four-legged deputy in today's Register or e-paper.