County OKs site to train police dogs
The Allen County commissioners Friday approved a bid of about $1.55 million to build a new facility for training dogs for police work with the county sheriff’s department.
The new facility includes an approximately 6,000-square-foot building plus an outdoor fenced area for agility and obedience training, according to Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux.
Gladieux said the new location would not only allow for training dogs for use by county officers, but it would also enable the sheriff’s department to offer classes for canines and their handlers from regional police and sheriffs, he said.
The facility will be at the southwest corner of Paulding and Adams Center roads, which also houses a firearms training range, he said.
Canine training now takes place in a garage on county-owned property off Carroll Road. But that building is in disrepair and doesn’t have heat, Gladieux said.
Commissioners have indicated the land around that building is being eyed for repurposing.
The new facility will have office and conference room space and 12 indoor/outdoor dog kennels, he said.
Allen County deputies would not permanently house their dogs there : the dogs would continue to be housed at officers’ homes.
“But when we put on classes for outside jurisdictions, it would be good for (officers) who can’t house a dog in a hotel,” Gladieux said.
Class fees also would bring in revenue to help defray the facility’s ongoing costs, he said.
Hamilton Hunter Builders of Fort Wayne was low bidder and was selected for the project, Gladieux said.
Construction should start by the end of this month and be finished next spring, he said.