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WXIX-FOX Channel 19 K-9 Security

WXIX-FOX News 19 CBS Cincinnati Ohio reports on K9 Security 

July 18, 2013 Mark

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Gomer says: Everybody down, everybody down… 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
A K9 is the first of it’s kind in the Tri-State hoping to keep one high school safe from a real life shooting scenario.

Tricia Macke (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Now to a story you’ll see only on fox19 we had lots of feedback from a story we ran last night on the relationship between a k-9 and their handlers in different law enforcement agencies across the Tri-State. Now in an effort to reduce violence in school, a group is on a mission to train the animals to work as full time school police dogs. Fox19’s Brett Hoffland joins us live and Brett one local school is already on board with this tell us more. 

Brett Hoffland (FOX19-WXIX Reporter):
Yeah that’s right Tricia, Oak Hills High School will welcome 8 month old Atticus this year. This is the first dog that will actually work “full time” in any school in Southwest Ohio, so we had a chance to follow Atticus around a figure out what his day-to-day schedule is like as he he’s gonna try and attack, pretty much deter violence in schools. 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
It’s been happening far too much, that’s what the owner of American Success Dog Training Mark Gomer says about school shootings. So he’s using mans best friend to help put an end to the violence. 

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
It’s been proven with the police dogs over the years that going in to visit schools and doing searches and that kind of things that it’s a big deterrent. So why not have a dog there full time that can do this every day.

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Gomer says he’s been training dogs for 20 years and if they can play a part in protecting any child when it comes to school violence, it’s well worth it. 

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
It’s going to be chaos, everybody is scattering. There’s no way you can stop someone with a gun, but Atticus has been put through that situation hundreds of times, he loves that situation. 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Gomer even demonstrated what Atticus is taught to do when an intruder opens fire. —————–DEMONSTRATION ROLLS sound of demonstration in auditorium—————-

 Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Gomer stresses that Atticus is on a leash throughout the duration of the day. The dutch-Shepherd will be handled by a trained school employee and only attacks when instructed. Atticus will also sniff out a variety of drugs and guns in lockers, which he will do all throughout the day. He sits to indicate he’s found something. 

Mark Gomer (American Success Dog Training):
“Find that gun, search, Good Boy!” “Where’s it at ,wheres that gun?” “Is it right there, is it right there?” “Oh that’s a Good Boy! That’s a Good Boy!”

John Stoddard (Principal Oak Hills High School):
I think it’s a win for everyone, the students and the school, their gonna be safer, were gonna make sure that nothing that’s unwanted gets into the school. 

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
And after a hard days work at the school, Atticus will be bunking with principal John Stoddard. John Stoddard (Principal Oak Hills High School) “it’s very exciting for me, not as exciting for my cats, but I think we’ll work through it. 

Brett Hoffland (FOX19-WXIX Reporter):
Atticus will join the rest of the students and faculty for the first day of school this fall. To check out more of how these dogs are trained to work in schools, we posted a link on our website fox- 19-dot-com. Live outside oak hills high school Brett Hoffland Fox19 balanced news.

Scott Schneider (FOX19-WXIX anchor):
Another great story, thanks very much. American Success Dog Training says they’ve had interest from other local school districts that could welcome a dog into their schools in the next few years. 

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