Canton police officer and K9 receive academy certificate

Canton police officer and K9 receive academy certificate

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - Canton Police Officer Ryan Davis and his new partner, K9 Tuko received their academy certificate Wednesday.

Tuko nailed his state test, too. The K9 should be on the streets very soon.

Tuko is a 16-month old German shepherd from Hungary.

Officer Ryan Davis traveled to Houston in February where he trained with three K9s, before he selected Tuko to be his new partner.

There were three top picks to chose from at the K9s4Cops non-profit organization. The group gifted the fully trained German shepherd. The dog would normally cost between $15,000 and $20,000.

Tuko had to go through rigorous training once back in Canton.

"Monday through Friday, 8-3 for, until about the end of April. About 12 weeks, maybe a little longer, depends on the dog and the handler and how it goes," said Eric Stanbro, head K9 Trainer, Canton Police Department.

Tuko learned how to track criminals and specialized in narcotics detection. He's expected to work the midnight shift with Officer Davis, just like his fallen partner, K9 Jethro.

Jethro was shot and killed in the line of duty in January during an armed robbery.

The two were responding to a burglar alarm at Fishers Foods at 1272 Harrison Ave. SW. Jethro was shot during a confrontation with the suspected burglar, who also was shot in the leg.

The suspect, Kelontre D. Barefield, received a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken into custody after being treated. He was charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault, assaulting a police dog or horse and breaking and entering. His trial is expected to begin July 25.

The city held a funeral for Jethro at the Canton Civic Center, on what would have been Jethro's 3rd birthday. K9 officers from across the country showed up with their dogs to support the Canton Police Department.

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