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YSU acquires bomb sniffing dog

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Law enforcement agencies in the Valley have a new tool to investigate bomb threats and improve security.   On Monday, Youngstown State University welcomed Gino, a male Belgian malanois that has been trained as an explosive detection canine.

After ten weeks of training, Gino is ready to patrol YSU along side Patrolman Mark Mehley.  Although their primary duty is on the YSU campus, Patrolman Mehley  and Gino may be called upon by nearby law enforcement for assistance.

The canine was provided through federal grant funding through Ohio Homeland Security.

Existing federal grants through Homeland Security cover the expense of the purchase, training, veterinary services and other equipment necessary for the program's success. The cost for each canine is $12,767.

In addition to YSU, Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University were selected to receive canines based on their geography and whether other explosive detection canines are in the area.
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