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November 6th, 2017


The newest member of New London's public safety community is a furry Malinois who goes by the name Vilo.
Vilo is the area's first K9 police dog, and he's set to join the department soon after he completes academy training in Vermont. The young dog has been training for three months with New London Police Officer Josh Fisher, who led the department's effort to join forces with Vilo.

On October 25, in advance of Vilo's arrival, New London Hospital Director of EMS and part-time police officer Tim Monahan led the training "Treatment of a Working K9" for a group of his colleagues. The course covered first-aid procedures that could be applied to Vilo as well as search-and-rescue dogs that get injured working in the area, and the instruction was based on experiences Monahan gained working overseas with Military Working Dogs. Monahan will soon teach additional courses for public safety officials in the area.

The process of bringing Vilo onboard has been roughly a year in the making. Officer Fisher led the effort, raising funds from local businesses and working with the Town of New London to approve a budget for the K's care. In addition to providing food for the dog, a police cruiser will need to be outfitted to accommodate Vilo and he'll need to wear a ballistics vest. A first-aid kit, donated by New London Hospital, will also join the area's first K9 wherever he goes.

Monahan says that Vilo could be put to use in a variety of scenarios, from finding lost children and elderly adults to defusing tense stand-offs and snuffing out illegal drugs. Vilo is scheduled to get drug-certified sometime after he graduates from the police academy.

"The newest member of New London's public safety community will be great resource for our town," says Monahan, "as well as for areas such as Sunapee, Newbury and Wilmot that don't currently have dogs."

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