K-9 Jesy joins Sheriff’s Office

LISBON – The newest member of the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office was deputized Wednesday.

Jesy went right to work, performing a drug sweep at United Local High School after being sworn-in earlier in the day by Sheriff Ray Stone. And she actually started her duties two days earlier.

Wednesday’s ceremony was held before county commissioners, who provided the $13,000 in August to purchase Jesy from a Pennsylvania kennel that specializes in training police dogs. Her handler is Lt. Allan Young, who said Jesy recently completed more than three months of training and received the necessary state and national certifications.

In addition to detecting drugs, Jesy is trained to perform other scent searches, including human scents. In fact, she was used to assist sheriff’s deputies in Monday’s search and apprehension of Richard E. Parrish, who fled into the woods near Lisbon after allegedly cutting a man several times with a pocket knife. Stone said Jesy also performed a drug sweep of the county jail on Friday.

Born in the Czech Republic, Jesy is trained to take police commands in Czech, which meant some linguistical schooling for Young. “I had to learn a second language,” he told commissioners.

After administering the oath and presenting Jesy with her own deputy badge to be worn on her collar, Stone thanked commissioners for their financial support, as did Young.

“We thank you for your support, and I’m sure she’ll make us all proud,” Young said.

Young praised Jesy’s abilities and her work ethic based on what he has seen of her so far. “I put her in a room with narcotics and gave her a command, and then it was like holding on to a tornado,” he said.

Stone reported they have received $500 in donations to date to help pay for Jesy’s keep, and the company that operates the county jail – Community Education Centers – presented commissioners with a check for another $500 during Wednesday’s meeting.

East Palestine veterinarian Dr. Brian Urmson has already offered to provide Jesy’s basic services for free, and Stone said David Kissinger is donating dog food for life.