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K9 Jethro's Successor: Meet the K9 candidates

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    Non-profit organization K9s4Cops donated funds to purchase a new K9 partner from the Houston K9 Academy for Canton Police Department's Officer Ryan Davis. This, after Officer Davis' partner K9 Jethro was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month. Cleveland 19 spent the weekend with the organization, who wants to place highly trained elite K9s in the community and in the schools. In fact, they currently have a fundraiser where donations collected are tracked by ...

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HOUSTON (WOIO) -

Canton Police Officer Ryan Davis is making the emotional journey to find his new K9 partner in Houston.

Live Blog: Finding K9 Jethro's Successor

Earlier this month, Davis was responding to a burglary call at a Fishers Foods grocery store when his partner K9 Jethro #60 was shot three times by alleged suspect Kelontre Barefield, 22, of Cleveland.  Police returned fire striking Barefield once in the leg before his apprehension.

K9 Jethro was immediately transported to the Stark County Emergency Veterinary Hospital where he died the following day. Officer Davis never left his partner's side the entire time. K9 Jethro received a full police funeral service at the Canton Civic Center on Jan. 14.

K9 Jethro's death was felt around the world.

Sunday, Officer Davis flew into Houston to meet with K9s4Cops, a non profit organization that will donate a new K9 from the Houston K9 Academy. Officer Davis will spend time with three fully trained K9s and make his selection after working with the animals this weekend. After the first day of viewing. Officer Davis says "still too early to tell" and that all the candidates are still under consideration.

Tuesday, Officer Davis will return home with his new partner and begin additional training with the Canton PD's canine academy.

This weekend is an emotional journey for Officer Davis, as he selects his partner.

Cleveland 19 spent Saturday afternoon with owner and president Yaz Gonzales-Stanze of the Houston K9 Academy meeting the three canine candidates hand selected for Officer Davis to choose from. "He is a little hesitant looking at German Shepherd because they resemble so much K9 Jethro" says Stanze of Officer Davis.

In no particular order, here are three K9 candidates (these are code names only, Officer Davis will give his K9 his own special name):

K9 Joker ( CODE NAME)
Belgian Malinois
Male/ intact
Country of origin: Hungary
Language: Hungary
1 year 2 months
80 lbs
TAN
K9 Tuko (CODE NAME)
German Shepherd
Male/ intact
Country of origin: Hungary
Language: Hungarian
1 year 11 mos
68 lbs
SABLE
K9 Cenzo (CODE NAME)
Malaherd
Male/ intact
Country of origin: Hungary
Language: German
2 years old
72 lbs
BROWN AND TAN
Who is your favorite? Who will Officer Davis pick?
Cleveland 19 reporter Sia Nyorkor and Senior Producer Cassie Nist are chronicling this amazing journey live from Houston with K9s4Cops and the Houston K9 Academy.  Follow @TVNewsLady for updates.

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