K-9 Argos joins the Wellington PD

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Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise
Officer Jeffrey Mecklenburg and K-9 Argos are introduced at a Wellington village council meeting.

JASON HAWK
EDITOR

He doesn’t carry cuffs and doesn’t need a gun.

But Wellington’s newest police officer has quite the nose for crime.

Meet K-9 Argos, a German shepherd who was hired Aug. 5 to serve the village along with his human partner, officer Jeffrey Mecklenburg.

Argos has been in service since 2012. He’s trained to track humans, articles, and drugs.

The K-9 has brought in more than $150,000 in narcotics hauls during his short career.

“He’s helped me with at least 20 arrests where he’s tracked to the bad guys. Twelve of them I physically took into custody,” said Mecklenburg.

Argos is his personal dog, purchased from Cleveland Heights for a dollar when the duo retired in 2017.

Argos came from Germany. “His great-great-grandfather was on the other side of the (Berlin) wall, barking at me 40 years ago,” said Mecklenburg.

“The European dogs are bred more for work, so there’s a strategic advantage. With the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, they had an open market for these dogs who were trained to track and hunt people. A lot of the American police kennels opened up on that market.”

For the rest of this story, see the Aug. 15 edition of the Wellington Enterprise in the Lorain County Community Guide!