BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/22/17 4:00pm
An eight year streak has been broken with the official new addition to the Belpre police department.
Today the Belpre police department has officially received their K9 and will begin training on October 9th.
Belpre chief of police, Terry Williams says the K9 would not be possible without the help of the Belpre Lion’s Club.
Back in June the Lions Club hosted a fundraiser to help purchase the K9 and raised over $12 thousand dollars.
Currently the k9 is being held in Meggs County and will arrive in Belpre once training is complete.
The Belpre Lions Club is hosting a fundraiser for the Belpre Police Department's purchase of a K9 for its department. The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at Howes Grove Park in Belpre.
Belpre Police say if enough funds are raised, it could have the K9 by September. More than $12,000 has been raised thus far. The department is roughly $1,000 short of its goal.
ORIGINAL STORY: 6/8/17
Belpre Police Department is finally getting a new K-9 added to the department.
Belpre Chief of Police, Terry Williams says that city of Belpre has been without a K-9 for about eight years now.
Chief Williams also says being so close to a major highway they want to put a stop to anyone trying to transport drug to places like Columbus or Cleveland.
City Council, citizens and local ministries have been working non-stop to raise money, collecting more than $10,000 for the new K-9.
One active citizen of Belpre says, “We run across lot of families, and the hurt that the drug overdose does. It destroys families so much and it's not one class of people, it's everywhere. This dog is going to intervene and you'll see our city a better safer place for families."