Runners honor fallen K-9 Jethro

Runners honor fallen K-9 Jethro
Runners for Jethro. (Source: WOIO)
Runners for Jethro. (Source: WOIO)

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - On Saturday the Plain Twp Activity Club and the Stark County Humane Society invited community members to run in honor of Jethro, the Canton K-9 hero that recently passed away.

The event took place around 1 p.m. at the Willig Field in Canton.

After the race, volunteers spent time at the Stark County Humane Society, giving animals some much needed attention.

A memorial service for Jethro, drew hundreds from across the country.

Jethro was shot and killed in the line of duty on Saturday, Jan. 9, when he was shot multiple times. He died the next day.

Beth Philley, a blogger for, has created a GoFundMe account to pay for Jethro's vet bills and buy new K-9 vests for the department.

"I absolutely think Jethro is a hero. The dog did his job and it's tough to take. And for that  some officers went home safe," said Tim Wilmoth, a canine handler and retired police officer.

The Canton Police Department is not actively seeking donations. However, those that wish to donate can make a check out to the Canton Police Department and write K9 donation on the memo line. Donations and condolences can be sent to the Canton Police Department at 221 3rd St. SW, Canton, OH 44702.

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