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City could replace Benno quickly if money comes in

A void left by the sudden death of police dog Benno could be quickly filled if the Bellefontaine Police Department can raise another $8,500 in the next few days.



Citizens Federal Saving and Loan has already pledged $5,000 toward a new dog and another $1,000 donation has come in, according to Police Chief Brandon Standley.

“His death caught Officer Chris Marlow and me off guard,” the chief said at Tuesday’s Bellefontaine City Council of Benno’s passing Friday after a brief stomach illness.

It has left the department and essentially Logan County with just one police dog to help in drug interdiction, search and felony apprehension efforts.

“But we’ve received a unique offer from probably the best trainer in the state,” he said.

He continued to explain Dan Bowman, who brought Benno from the Netherlands more than eight years ago and has worked with the department over the years, is preparing to leave this week to pick up another set of Belgian malinois and he is willing to add another dog.

“The only reason Dan would make the offer,” Chief Standley said, “is because he said Officer Marlow is one of the finest canine officers he’s had in 25 year of training.

“That speaks highly of Officer Marlow and this department.

“We’ve got a very tight window and it is a challenge but we’re working to get there.”

The latest donations continue a string of community support for the police department’s needs since a leadership change last year.

Thursday, a 10 a.m. service is set for shelter house 4 at Mary Rutan Park to honor Benno, the chief said.

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