Highland Canine Training will be Awarding Another Police Dog Donation for 2014
Paul LeBlanc Memorial Police Dog Donation Program
Highland Canine Training donates one working dog per year to a department or agency in need. Our program has been a huge success since it's inception in 2006. In 2007 our program was officially named the Paul LeBlanc Memorial Police Dog Donation Program. Donations include the dog, certification, free in-service training and annual re-certification. Departments receiving dogs through our police dog donation program must attend a handler school at our facility.
Rogue - 2014 Police Dog Donation
Rogue is a 2 year-old German Shepherd that is trained in Narcotics, Trailing, as well as on/off leash obedience. Rogue came to us from the Iredell County Animal Control and Services where she was left and slated for euthanasia due to her high level of activity. She came to our kennels through our Second Chance Program where her training as a drug detection dog soon began. Rogue is social with humans as well as other dogs and animals. She has high drives and is always eager to work. She will truly make a great addition to any department or agency in need.
Paul LeBlanc 1964 - 2007
Our Police Dog Donation Program is named in memory of the late Paul LeBlanc of DeSoto County Mississippi. Paul worked full time for the DeSoto County Fire Emergency Management Agency and served part-time with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office. Paul was a full time handler of both an Explosives Detection Dog and a Tracking Bloodhound. Paul was a great father and husband and an incredible friend.
Paul was a very dedicated handler and constantly strived to learn as much as he could to improve performance of the working dogs in his area.
He organized a number of programs and seminars in his area to help other handlers and working dog organizations. Paul always encouraged networking amongst departments and handlers and constantly attempted to incorporate new ideas to promote strong handlers and productive working dogs. Paul was also the membership director of the American Police Dog Tactics Association. Paul was an asset to the K-9 community and will greatly be missed.
Previous Police Dog Donations
Jake - Dual Purpose Narcotics, German Shepherd
Jake was donated to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, NC and was the first dog that Highland Canine Training, LLC donated back in 2006. Jake is handled by F/Sgt Jeff Sharpe of the Alexander County Sheriff's Office in Taylorsville, NC. He is a dual purpose narcotics detection dog and has been working in Alexander County since October 2006. Jake has had numerous felony arrests resulting from successful suspect tracks and narcotics searches.
Star - Single Purpose GSD / Malinois
Donated to the Vail Police Department , CO, Star was rescued and brought to us from the Iredell Humane Society. She entered our Second Chance Program and was trained as a single purpose narcotics dog with tracking. She is handled by Ryan Millbern of the Vail Colorado Police Department. Star recently had a successful seizure of marijuana and cash after only a few days on the job.
Hawk - Dual Purpose Narcotics, Belgian Malinois
Donated to the Thomasville Police Department , NC, Hawk is a Dual Purpose Narcotics/Patrol dog. He was donated in partnership with the National Criminal Enforcement Agency in 2008 at their National Conference. Hawk is trained to find Marijuana, Methamphetamines, Cocaine and Heroin and has had numerous successful seizures since being placed with the Thomasville, NC Police Department.
Jett - Single Purpose Narcotics, Labrador Retriever
Donated to the Policia Seguridad Vial in Zarate, Buenos Aries, Argentina, Jett was also a Labrador that came through our Second Chance Program. He was donated in partnership with the 911 Fund, based out of New York, to assist the local police departments in Argentina. Jett has had several successful seizures since he began serving on the police department in Argentina.
Apply for a Police Dog Donation
In order to apply for our Police Dog Donation Program, simply fill out the form below. In order to be eligible to receive a police dog donation from our program, departments must:
- Provide a letter, on department letterhead, from the agency head requesting the donation. The letter should explain the need for a police dog and list any resources available or to be required for maintaining the dog.
- Have the handler attend a three-week course of instruction at Highland Canine Training, LLC in Harmony, NC (cost of handler school is $2,400)
- Be responsible for travel, meals and lodging for the handler during the course.
- Attend re-certification at least annually at Highland Canine Training, LLC in Harmony, NC
If you have questions about our Rogue or our police dog donation program, feel free to call 704.498.7907 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Dog Donation Application Form