Canton K-9 Jethro Vet & Vest Fund

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Beth Philley
on behalf of Christopher Heslop
 CANTON, OH
Canton Police Department K-9 Jethro was shot in the line of duty on Saturday, January 9, 2016.  He passed away the next morning.

I (Beth Philley) write the blog at doggies.com, and was recently privileged to meet this magnificent dog, so I've been following this shooting story very closely.  You can check for details at doggies.com/blog.

In visiting with several officers at the emergency clinic, I was told that the bullet-proof vests in Canton are very old, very heavy, and very rarely used.

I'd like to raise enough money to purchase new vests for all of the Canton PD dogs, as well as to help cover Jethro's vet bills.   Any money in excess of what is needed will be used to purchase vests for other K-9 units in Stark County and / or to purchase pet-sized oxygen masks for fire departments in Stark County.

Please help if you can!

The customer service team at Go Fund Me has asked me to provide the following information:

1. Who you are:  As stated above, my name is Beth Philley
2. Where you're from:  I live in Canton, Ohio
3. Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for:  I randomly ran into Officer Davis & Jethro at the car wash a few days before the shooting and posted them on the blog I write at doggies.com.  I was devastated when I learned of the shooting and felt somewhat of a personal connection to them because we had just met.  When someone posted on Facebook that a fund ought to be set up, I did so.  Officer Davis, the Canton PD, and the Police K9 Association know who I am and know that the fund has been set up.
4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)  I will be meeting, hopefully next week, with officials from the Canton PD K9 Unit and the Police K9 Association to make decisions as to how the funds can most effectively be spent.  All funds will be expended as Canton PD and the Police K9 Association see fit.  How the funds are spent will be shared both here and on the blog at doggies.com, providing complete transparency.
5. How you intend to get the funds to those in need.  I've never worked with GoFundMe before, so I'm not sure how the disbursement process works, but the money will go (if possible) directly to the PD or K9 association.  If not, I will run it through my account, but the accounts will be balanced - money in / money out.  As I've said, the PD is aware of the campaign.  I'm pretty sure I'd be a fool to cheat them when they can easily check to see the total amount of the donations and the amount they subsequently get from me.
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Officer Davis found a dog today! K-9 Tuko was donated by K-9s for Cops, and will fly to Canton tomorrow with Ryan to begin work. Yay!
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On February 1st, the money in this fund will be released to the Police K-9 Association. $9,000 will be spent immediately to buy new vests for all dogs working with the Canton PD. The vests retail for $2,150, and they are getting them for $1,000 each. The remainder of the money will be held in The Jethro Fund, earmarked for the purchase of future dogs for Canton PD, as the need arises.

This GoFundMe account will remain open until March 1st, to allow for any new donations. These new donations will be added to the Jethro Fund on March 1st, and the GoFundMe account will be closed.

Check out the doggies.com blog for updates on Officer Davis and his new partner, as well as for when future dogs are purchased for the department.

Thanks to everyone who made this fundraiser such a huge success.

#RIPJethro
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Some of you have asked about how the funds are being used. I haven't met officially with Canton PD yet, but in just speaking with the head trainer at the memorial service, it appears they want to buy new vests for the current force, then put the remainder into a fund to be used to buy 2 new dogs. They have a couple of dogs who are close to retirement. I'll let you know when a final decision is made, and I'm hoping they'll let me follow along with the new dogs' training on my blog at doggies.com.
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My thoughts, photos, and videos from K9 Jethro's memorial service this morning are posted on the blog at www.doggies.com/blog if you're interested.
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Angela Gainey
29 months ago

My husband and I own a veterinary clinic in Canton, Ohio. This morning our team asked if we could help in any way. We are purchasing Pet Oxygen Kits for the Canton PD K9 Unit. They have been contacted about what we are doing. I am letting everyone know so that they money goes towards other things needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Canton PD and K9 Officer Jethro's family.

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Joyce Young Pogue
29 months ago

We wish to donate in honor of our Nephew RJ's K9 partner who was also shot in the line of duty. Officer Bruno of the Anaheim police dept. Prayers for K9 Jethro and Officer Davis. We know this is a very stressful time for all concerned.

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Ren Brown
29 months ago

I am disabled and cant send money but will be saying prayers for Officer Davis and Jethro

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Tonya Williams-Mader
29 months ago

My father is the sheriff of Carroll County. So I won't pretend to know the details of Stark County, but if there is any similarity, there is never enough money to go around. Thank you for starting this campaign. I'm honored to help

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Pamela Jean
29 months ago

These dogs are police officers but they do not have medical insurance like the human counterparts. These vet bills are paid for by the department or by a K9 association the handler belongs to if they have enough funds. I think it is more a sign of support and respect for what this dog did to save his partner to help with the bills for the department and provide needed equipment for the other K9s.

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Jean Geib-Balloon
29 months ago
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Please check out this organization, a very legitimate 501c(3( non-profit which offers K9 vests at a heavy discount----http://www.vik9s.org/

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Jean Geib-Balloon
29 months ago
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7

The Ohio law regarding the killing of a Police K9 needs to change! Please consider signing and sharing---thanks https://www.change.org/p/attorney-general-mike-dewine-ohio-state-senate-ohio-state-legislature-kirk-schuring-stephen-slesnick-change-ohio-law-to-mandatory-life-in-prison-for-offenders-that-kill-k9-officers-ripjethro?recruiter=10416188&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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Dolly Hagen
29 months ago
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Thank you for who ever started this fund , These K9 NEED PROTECTION TOO . NO K9 should go on Duty WITHOUT A VEST OR OFFICER !!!! RIP JETHRO . PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR HANDLER !!

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Jennifer Greynolds
29 months ago
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Whether or not the K9 officer had insurance, this will assist in costs associated with his injuries and recovery. Its nice to see how o many are showing their love and support.

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Sara Davis
29 months ago
5
5

Justice for Jethro Dogs Lives Matter! Sorry, maybe it's too soon to bring subject up, but we need stiffer penalties for killing K-9 officers. Ohio Revised Code 2921.32.1. states . . ."where death results it is a Felony of the 4th degree (6 months to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine)." K-9 officers deserve more protection under the law for their loyalty & obedience. The dog's training is based on a reward system, they can't comprehend the true danger they face. Not to mention monetary loss to department for training, purchase etc. In Jethro's case he would of had many years of service ahead of him. 6 to 18 mos. in prison is no deterrent to a hardcore criminal.

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Lisa Lincoln
29 months ago
5
5

Maybe we could get him a new partner and pay for the training.

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Bobbi Barnett
29 months ago
5
5

The cost to purchase and train can well exceed twenty thousand dollars. This is not usually within the budget of police departments. At some point and appropriate time it would be nice to think we have contributed to providing not her K9 officer for Canton.

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Corinne Klinetop
29 months ago
5
5

I to am disabled and unable to donate. My father spent 20 years on the police force and K9 Jethro has been in our prayers. I am heart broken to hear of his passing. May the Lord and St. Michael embrace you and welcome you.

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Suzanne Sutton
29 months ago
5
5

Why is the police department/county/city paying for his vet bills? He's their "Officer" shot in the line of duty!

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Laural Charland
29 months ago
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4

I just want to let you know, a K9 Officer from Canton Police Dept said all of their K9s are vested.They have 2 new K9s that have to get sized but they are funded from Police K9 Association . They also have first aid kits.

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Lisa Laina Scipione Toy
29 months ago
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I feel totally helpless after reading Beth Philley's account of the funeral and memorial service for Canine Officer Jethro. I have not stopped crying. I wanted to be there so desperately. Unfortunately, my work got in the way. Beth you described the funeral and memorial service very well. It was as if I was there . The photo collection you have posted on your blog...my heart is just aching. Memories of my furry children that are waiting at the Rainbow Bridge came back with a stab to my heart. I have buried three of my best furry friends. It never gets easier and they all have taken a piece of my heart and soul with them. As Canine Officer Jethro was taken to his final burial place with all the fanfare he deserves as if he was a Human officer (deep down we know he is better than we humans) ,"Amazing Grace" began to play...the same song played at the beginning of my Mom's funeral almost three years ago. She was laid to rest almost 3 years ago on January 23rd 2013. The song that played as family and friends were leaving was "Time To Say Goodbye". She too, took a large part of my heart and soul. I still have two of my furry kids with me, today some how that does not seem fair. Animals (the best things in life are furry) have always had special place in my heart. I made a small $20.00 donation when this fund was set up. I need to give more. All Canine Officers need to be vested at ALL times. May my larger donation of $100.00 give Caine Officer Jethro's brothers and sisters on the Canton Police force protection, just as their human counterparts have. Bless your heart Jethro! You only did what you were told to do! A dog's "goal" in life is to love you unconditionally no matter what! They only want to earn your affection and love. Maybe this should be the goals of humankind? DOGS LIVES MATTER!

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Janice Bell
29 months ago
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Cannot afford donation at this time, but prayers are coming your way.

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Jen Jacques
29 months ago
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I am also curious as to why this police officers medical care would not be taken care of? They have to have the K9 dogs on the force covered by insurance right?

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Nicole Burley
29 months ago
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Sadly K9 Jethro has succumbed to his injuries. I'm hoping the funds can be used for top quality kevlar vests for the entire canine forces http://fox8.com/2016/01/10/update-k9-officer-jethro-rested-through-the-night/

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Donnie Plouffe
29 months ago
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Praying for K-9 Jethro to fully recover.. cant people send a check directly to the vet hospital? there is also an organization that helps vest dogs. its call vested interest in K9s Inc. I believe.. they might be able to help!

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Anonymous
27 months ago
JL
$25
Jennie Lederer
27 months ago

I was just made aware of the tragedy of Jethro, and my prayers to Officer Davis and his family, the entire Police Dept of Canton, and all K-9's that are here to protect and serve their communities.

AG
$5
ANNIE GUREGHIAN
27 months ago

Rest assured that we can do this for Jethro and the other K9 dogs. They are loyal and dedicated to their handlers. God bless them :)

$25
Kevin Fujita
28 months ago

R.I.P. Officer Jethro

Angela Gainey
29 months ago

My husband and I own a veterinary clinic in Canton, Ohio. This morning our team asked if we could help in any way. We are purchasing Pet Oxygen Kits for the Canton PD K9 Unit. They have been contacted about what we are doing. I am letting everyone know so that they money goes towards other things needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Canton PD and K9 Officer Jethro's family.

+ Read More
Joyce Young Pogue
29 months ago

We wish to donate in honor of our Nephew RJ's K9 partner who was also shot in the line of duty. Officer Bruno of the Anaheim police dept. Prayers for K9 Jethro and Officer Davis. We know this is a very stressful time for all concerned.

+ Read More
Ren Brown
29 months ago

I am disabled and cant send money but will be saying prayers for Officer Davis and Jethro

+ Read More
Tonya Williams-Mader
29 months ago

My father is the sheriff of Carroll County. So I won't pretend to know the details of Stark County, but if there is any similarity, there is never enough money to go around. Thank you for starting this campaign. I'm honored to help

+ Read More
Pamela Jean
29 months ago

These dogs are police officers but they do not have medical insurance like the human counterparts. These vet bills are paid for by the department or by a K9 association the handler belongs to if they have enough funds. I think it is more a sign of support and respect for what this dog did to save his partner to help with the bills for the department and provide needed equipment for the other K9s.

+ Read More
Jean Geib-Balloon
29 months ago
9
9

Please check out this organization, a very legitimate 501c(3( non-profit which offers K9 vests at a heavy discount----http://www.vik9s.org/

+ Read More
Jean Geib-Balloon
29 months ago
7
7

The Ohio law regarding the killing of a Police K9 needs to change! Please consider signing and sharing---thanks https://www.change.org/p/attorney-general-mike-dewine-ohio-state-senate-ohio-state-legislature-kirk-schuring-stephen-slesnick-change-ohio-law-to-mandatory-life-in-prison-for-offenders-that-kill-k9-officers-ripjethro?recruiter=10416188&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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Dolly Hagen
29 months ago
6
6

Thank you for who ever started this fund , These K9 NEED PROTECTION TOO . NO K9 should go on Duty WITHOUT A VEST OR OFFICER !!!! RIP JETHRO . PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR HANDLER !!

+ Read More
Jennifer Greynolds
29 months ago
6
6

Whether or not the K9 officer had insurance, this will assist in costs associated with his injuries and recovery. Its nice to see how o many are showing their love and support.

+ Read More
Sara Davis
29 months ago
5
5

Justice for Jethro Dogs Lives Matter! Sorry, maybe it's too soon to bring subject up, but we need stiffer penalties for killing K-9 officers. Ohio Revised Code 2921.32.1. states . . ."where death results it is a Felony of the 4th degree (6 months to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine)." K-9 officers deserve more protection under the law for their loyalty & obedience. The dog's training is based on a reward system, they can't comprehend the true danger they face. Not to mention monetary loss to department for training, purchase etc. In Jethro's case he would of had many years of service ahead of him. 6 to 18 mos. in prison is no deterrent to a hardcore criminal.

+ Read More
Lisa Lincoln
29 months ago
5
5

Maybe we could get him a new partner and pay for the training.

+ Read More
Bobbi Barnett
29 months ago
5
5

The cost to purchase and train can well exceed twenty thousand dollars. This is not usually within the budget of police departments. At some point and appropriate time it would be nice to think we have contributed to providing not her K9 officer for Canton.

+ Read More
Corinne Klinetop
29 months ago
5
5

I to am disabled and unable to donate. My father spent 20 years on the police force and K9 Jethro has been in our prayers. I am heart broken to hear of his passing. May the Lord and St. Michael embrace you and welcome you.

+ Read More
SS
Suzanne Sutton
29 months ago
5
5

Why is the police department/county/city paying for his vet bills? He's their "Officer" shot in the line of duty!

+ Read More
Laural Charland
29 months ago
4
4

I just want to let you know, a K9 Officer from Canton Police Dept said all of their K9s are vested.They have 2 new K9s that have to get sized but they are funded from Police K9 Association . They also have first aid kits.

+ Read More
Lisa Laina Scipione Toy
29 months ago
3
3

I feel totally helpless after reading Beth Philley's account of the funeral and memorial service for Canine Officer Jethro. I have not stopped crying. I wanted to be there so desperately. Unfortunately, my work got in the way. Beth you described the funeral and memorial service very well. It was as if I was there . The photo collection you have posted on your blog...my heart is just aching. Memories of my furry children that are waiting at the Rainbow Bridge came back with a stab to my heart. I have buried three of my best furry friends. It never gets easier and they all have taken a piece of my heart and soul with them. As Canine Officer Jethro was taken to his final burial place with all the fanfare he deserves as if he was a Human officer (deep down we know he is better than we humans) ,"Amazing Grace" began to play...the same song played at the beginning of my Mom's funeral almost three years ago. She was laid to rest almost 3 years ago on January 23rd 2013. The song that played as family and friends were leaving was "Time To Say Goodbye". She too, took a large part of my heart and soul. I still have two of my furry kids with me, today some how that does not seem fair. Animals (the best things in life are furry) have always had special place in my heart. I made a small $20.00 donation when this fund was set up. I need to give more. All Canine Officers need to be vested at ALL times. May my larger donation of $100.00 give Caine Officer Jethro's brothers and sisters on the Canton Police force protection, just as their human counterparts have. Bless your heart Jethro! You only did what you were told to do! A dog's "goal" in life is to love you unconditionally no matter what! They only want to earn your affection and love. Maybe this should be the goals of humankind? DOGS LIVES MATTER!

+ Read More
Janice Bell
29 months ago
3
3

Cannot afford donation at this time, but prayers are coming your way.

+ Read More
Jen Jacques
29 months ago
3
3

I am also curious as to why this police officers medical care would not be taken care of? They have to have the K9 dogs on the force covered by insurance right?

+ Read More
Nicole Burley
29 months ago
2
2

Sadly K9 Jethro has succumbed to his injuries. I'm hoping the funds can be used for top quality kevlar vests for the entire canine forces http://fox8.com/2016/01/10/update-k9-officer-jethro-rested-through-the-night/

+ Read More
Donnie Plouffe
29 months ago
2
2

Praying for K-9 Jethro to fully recover.. cant people send a check directly to the vet hospital? there is also an organization that helps vest dogs. its call vested interest in K9s Inc. I believe.. they might be able to help!

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