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Police K-9 Unit notes 10th anniversary

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

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The Salisbury Township Police Department K-9 Unit notes its 10th anniversary next month.

The first K-9 Unit was put into service in May 2003.

According to the 2012 Annual Report released to the township Board of Commissioners and the media by Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles, "The K-9 Unit has become a very important part of the department.

"The unit was responsible for taking more than $40,000 worth of illegal drugs of the street.

"The use of our K-9 Unit has resulted in enhanced officer safety and a reduction in time spent conducting building and area searches.

"The mere presence of our K-9 has prevented many problems and caused a reduction in disorderly behavior and violence."

Also, the report states the K-9 patrol has "served as police department ambassadors during many public appearances throughout the years."

Senior Patrol Officer Jason Laky is the K-9 Officer.

The first K-9 German Shepherd was Zeus, who is not on active duty and is living at Laky's residence.

The second K-9 dog, Fonzie, was acquired in fall 2010.

"Fonzie has become a first-class tracker and drug-detection dog," states the annual police report.

"Officer Laky has spent many hours planning, developing and implementing the K-9 program. He has given up much of his personal life to provide loving care 24 hours every day for his K-9 partners," the report states.

"Officer Laky's dedication to Zeus, Fonzie and the police K-9 program has been outstanding."

K-9 activities last year included a fundraiser for the family of deceased Berks County Sheriff Deputy Kyle Pagerly and the second annual "K-9 Trials" at Salisbury High School attended by more than 30 law enforcement K-9 teams.

The 2012 police report also includes township Animal Control Officer Charles Durner Jr.'s report.

Dogs running at large complaints: 42

Dogs apprehended: 34

Dogs returned to owner: 17

Dogs transported to Humane Society: 27

Barking dogs complaints: 6

Cats running at large complaints: 59

Cats apprehended: 68

Cats returned to owner: 1

Cats transported to Humane Society: 67

Other animal complaints: 79

Dead animal disposal: 82

Animal bites: 11

Animal feces complaints: 3

Warning letters sent: 19

Citations issues: 1

ACO call-out hours: 142

ACO vehicle miles: 7,246

The township pays an annual $11,000 fee to the Lehigh County Humane Society for stray animal housing and care.

Since 2004, deer hunting (archery) has been permitted in Walking Purchase Park and Frank Farm Park, and junior hunting program (shotgun, deer) in Walking Purchase Park. A no-fee registration is required at the township police department.

In 2012, there were 143 archery hunting permits issued: 32, residents, and 111, nonresidents.

In 2012, there were three junior hunting permits issues: 0, residents, and three, nonresidents.