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Police Dog, Handler Complete Training, But It's Just the Start

Cpl. Kevin Naugle and new partner Ingo are now synchronized, but money is still needed for narcotics training.

Whenever you have two partners fighting crime together, you want to make sure they're on the same page, perfectly synchronized if at all possible.

Cpl. Kevin Naugle and his four-legged partner, Ingo, have got it down after five weeks of intensive training with Heritage K9 Training of Fresno.

Ingo, who is about 5 1/2 years old, had been through training before but not with Naugle and not with Heritage. Previously, the German shepherd had worked with Officer Mike Braun, who has returned to patrol duties.

"This was a different style of training, and we wanted to get Kevin and Ingo comfortable with each other," said Interim Chief Jim Berg after a short graduation ceremony at the police station last week.

Naugle worked many years with Kyto, another German shepherd . Kyto still lives with Naugle, as does Ingo and one other dog.

The training is partly funded by the Pennies for Police Dogs campaign, a group created by several citizens to support Novato Police's canine unit. The group hopes to raise $10,000 in the next month or so to send Ingo and another dog, Lex, to narcotics detection training. The third NPD dog, Metz, recently completed the training, as reported in this story.

Berg said about $2,500 in donations rolled in within the past two weeks, giving the fundraising effort a great start.

Berg also said there is a chance the Pennies program could earn nonprofit 501c3 status sometime soon, allowing donations to be written off for tax purposes.

"That would be ideal," he said. "We are looking at several opportunities."

Trish Boorstein July 30, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Kudos everyone to a stellar program! Thank you Toni and kids, and others who launched Pennies for Police Dogs Campaign! You all demonstrate the "Pro-active Can do Attitude", no matter the humble beginnings and humble amounts! I have recycled bottles and a check to give to you!
Patti July 31, 2012 at 01:23 AM
What a nice picture of Officer Naugle and Chief Berg with Ingo. Two very dedicated and handsome men (Ingo too!) I will drop off some money at the feed store next time I am there. I see the kids are selling organic garlic for the K-9's and I want to help.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 July 31, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Thank you to all the good people of Novato and beyond who generously donated on the 4th of July to the K-9 Unit. Dinah Mattos and Susan Blow walked the side of the parade and collected about $554.00. Included was a $100.00 bill. Thank you to Circle Bank, Zunio's Shoe Repair, Novato Horse and Pet Supply and local Vet's who have cans at their counters for donations. We can help stop drugs in our town, one penny at a time. Please donate what you can. Checks and large bills can be dropped off to NPD on Machin Avenue.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 July 31, 2012 at 04:58 AM
PS: Special thanks to our local Novato business: Best Collateral Inc (www.bestcollateral.com) who sent in a $500.00 check for our K-9's. Thank you Novato!
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 August 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Special thanks to South Novato Vet Hospital who offered "in kind services" to help our K-9's. Thank you to all the good people of Novato who continue to send money in. Thank you! Keep it coming! :) Donations can be dropped off at: Circle Bank Novato Horse and Pet Supply Novato Police Dept.

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