DELPHOS — Meet Kratos, a German Shepherd that’s the newest officer for the Delphos Police Department.
Usually, police dogs have found assignments by the time they’re 18 months old but this one was 2 years old and became available after speaking with Al Gill with Von der Haus Gill German Shepherds, of Wapakoneta.
“We were going to have another dog donated to us out of Utah and he generously offered both Kratos and the training free of charge,” said Tyler Hayson, Kratos’ handler.
A total of about $14,000 was saved by the donation.
“We picked him up a week before training started and we had a rough bonding start just because he’s been a kennel dog for his two years, but since going through training, we’ve just gotten closer and closer, so our bond grew,” said Hayson.
Kratos became a member of the Delphos Police Department at the end of April and was instrumental in recovering drugs from a suspect who fled from police.
“We were requested by OSP for an accident on (U.S.) 30 just last week. The individual fled his car and then circled back around so they believe he might have ditched something out in the field. We did a little track and article search and (Kratos) found a third-degree felony amount of narcotics hidden in the tall vegetation along Jennings Creek,” said Hayson.
The Delphos Police Department intends to put Kratos to good use.
“He’ll be used for a lot of narcotic searches on vehicles, building searches more of a tool just to get compliance if someone’s being agitated.
Kratos can sniff out marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, meth, mushrooms, Molly and all of the derivatives of those drugs.
He can also track individuals and apprehend them as well as locate missing people.
Just having Kratos by his side gives officer Hayson extra confidence.
“People normally stop whenever they see a dog come out. They fear the dog more than they fear us. He can definitely do some damage. He’s like a freight train, does not slow down when he’s coming at you. He’s going to hit you with all 85 pounds of him,” he said.
Hayson said Iams, of Leipsic, donated Kratos’ food and Kessen’s Veterinary Clinic donated his medical expenses.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.