LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — Perry High School in Lake County will see a new face in the halls of the school— a one-year-old lab/setter mix named Captain who will be the school drug dog starting on Oct. 7.
Captain, who was obtained through grants, has been trained specifically to work in a school setting, unlike other K-9 programs used in law enforcement.
While still possessing all detection and tracking skills found in police K-9 units, he is trained to be passive and non-aggressive.
Perry Student Resource Officer Sgt. Ovalle went through an intensive six-week training with Captain to be his certified K-9 handler.
Captain has already become a beloved member of the Ovalle Family.
“We expect Captain to have a positive impact on students as he will also serve as a therapy dog. We have experienced success with therapy dogs being in our schools in the past and believe Captain will be invaluable by making loving connections with students,” said Jack Thompson, superintendent of Perry Local Schools, in a news release.
Thompson said it recognizes students who are allergic or may be fearful of dogs. Captain will always be on a leash and under close supervision. The district said concerned parents should contact district nurses, Mrs. Yankie and Mrs. McKoon at 440-259-9600 x9671 or x9672 to discuss the plan, or inform them of a possible issue.