Canton K-9 Jethro Vet & Vest Fund
$38,320 of $10,000 goal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!