Drago wins honorable mention in K-9 competition

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 11/6/19

The results are in for the K-9 competition that featured two local police dogs.

Wood County Sheriff's Department's Drago won honorable mention in the competition, which awards the department with $500.

The money will go towards many things the department will need fore the dogs such as Veterinarian bills, food, equipment, and the cost to board up the dogs when the handlers are out of town.

Sheriff's Deputy Taylor Phillips is thankful for the mention, and talked about what their K-9 unit means to the community.

"They have special roles in our community and they do things that humans can't do," said Phillips. "They are very important for multiple reasons whether it be law enforcement related, or public relations related. "

Unfortunately, Edo, from the Marietta Police Department did not win a prize in this year's competition.


ORIGINAL STORY: 10/25/19

A contest between some of the furriest law enforcement officers in the area is getting under way in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Wood County Sherriff’s Drago and Marietta Police Department’s Edo are both in a friendly competition to win grant money.

The contest which is held by the organization Aftermath will award over 16 thousand dollars with the top winner receiving 5 thousand dollars.
We talked to Wood County Sheriff Taylor Phillips about how exposure from contests like this is important for their K-9 Units.

To vote for the dogs you can go to Facebook. In the case of Drago you see that the link to vote is right here at the top of the page.
As for Edo we will link his page on WTAP along with Drago.
Voting will last through November 3rd so make sure to show your support and vote online.

DRAGO VOTING LINK:
https://woobox.com/ss9mo8/gallery/LFv-sD4bagM
EDO VOTING LINK:
https://woobox.com/j68qed/gallery/yKhAsueY-NQ