Non-profit donating K9 to Canton PD in memory of Jethro

Non-profit donating K9 to Canton PD in memory of Jethro
Jethro (Source: Police K-9 Association Imagli page)

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - A non-profit group is stepping up to help Canton Police.

K9 Jethro was killed after responding to a burglary call on Jan. 9 at Fishers Food on Harrison Avenue when the suspect exchanged gunfire with police. Jethro was shot multiple times. He died the next day. The suspect was shot in the leg.

K9s4COPs learned of the death through social media.

The group contacted the Canton Police Department and will be granting a K9 to the department in memory of Jethro's heroic service to the department.

Officers say Jethro's actions saved the life of his partner.

According to K9s4COPS, K9s cost between $10,000 - $15,000 per dog. The foundation formed to address the need for funding.

The city held a funeral for the German shepherd Jan. 14 at the Canton Civic Center, on what would have been Jethro's third birthday.

Officers from as far away as Virginia and the New York Police Department attended the service. More than 100 K9s from various departments walked in a five and a half minute long procession in front of those gathered.

The suspect in the shooting of K9 Jethro is in jail on a $5M bond. Kelontre Barefield is charged with aggravated burglary and assaulting a police dog, felonious assault on a police officer, having weapons under disability, shooting on or near a prohibited area or property.

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