Dino is a male Belgian Malinois that was born in 2010 in the Netherlands and was purchased with the assistance of The Matt Haverkamp Foundation in the fall of 2011. Dino was initially trained and certified with former handler, Officer Dale Stanley, in Sharpsville, PA at Shallow Creek Kennels.
In 2014 Officer Stanley had to step down from the K9 Unit, so Dino was reassigned to work with Officer Anthony Leidenbor. The duo attended training together at Shallow Creek Kennels in March of 2014 and graduated as a Dual Purpose Patrol K9.
Since partnering with Officer Leidenbor in 2014, Dino has had more than 60 patrol and narcotic deployments resulting in multiple drug arrests and 6 criminal apprehensions. Dino has also attended multiple public appearances throughout his career.
One notable apprehension was in September of 2014 when police were in pursuit of a armed robbery suspect. The suspect fled from police in a vehicle and then on foot into the woods behind an apartment complex where Dino tracked and located him in a thick wooded area. A gun was recovered in the area of the suspect along with multiple bags of narcotics that the suspect threw while fleeing the police.
Dino’s most recent apprehension was in February of 2015 when he was called to assist with locating a subject with felony warrants. The suspect fought a police officer, jumped out of a second story window, and fled into the woods. Dino tracked the suspect from the house and into the woods where he apprehended the suspect. The suspect was quickly taken into custody with Dino’s help.
Officer Leidenbor has been a police officer since 2011. He previously served the Village of Newtown and the City of North College Hill prior to starting with Green Township in 2013. Officer Leidenbor started as a K9 handler in 2007 with his Search K9, Faxon, a 10 year old German Shepherd trained in tracking. Faxon and Officer Leidenbor also work with the Greenhills Fire Department and are utilized in assisting in locating missing persons for surrounding agencies.
“The Matt Haverkamp Foundation has done tremendous things for so many K9 Units in the area. They have promoted the need and have been great supporters in obtaining great dogs for departments in the area. The Haverkamp’s hold a close relationship with all of us and we could not be here without their dedication and support,” shared Officer Leidenbor.