by Mitchell Kirk Staff reporter
---- — The Logansport Police Department has recently acquired a new dog to aid in the detection of narcotics.
Mattis, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, has teamed up with Mark Van Horn, who has been a patrolman at the department for the last three years. The two have recently completed three weeks of training at Vohne Liche Kennels in Miami County consisting of obedience training and participating in simulated drug searches in various venues and scenarios.
“Since I can remember, I’ve always been really interested in it,” Van Horn said of taking on the new position. “I’ve seen the other K-9 officers, I look up to those guys and it seemed like the right path for me.”
The cost of the dog and the training amounted to about $10,000, which was paid for by the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office. Other costs like housing, Van Horn’s uniform and Mattis’ veterinary bills will be picked up by the Logansport Police Department.
Mattis is the police department’s third dog.
Logansport Police Chief Mike Clark said the addition will increase the availability of the dogs and the services they provide. He described Mattis as “another tool to be utilized by the department to help fight the war on drugs in our community.”
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