The Beaver County Board of Commissioners cut off funding to all but one of the Sheriff’s Office K-9s today after Tony Guy failed to address several concerns raised months ago about the animals and their handlers.

County Solicitor Andrea Cantelmi sent a letter to Sheriff Tony Guy today notifying him that Commissioners would no longer authorize payments for the care or handling of dogs used by Sheriff’s Deputies Jim Brown and Deputy Sgt. Richard Yonlisky. The action by the Board was taken unanimously.

An investigation by the Beaver Countian published earlier this year first revealed that dogs being used in the Sheriff’s Office by Brown and Yonlisky were privately owned by them, that there were no agreements with the county for their use, that along with their use by the Sheriff’s Office the animals were being used by deputies for personal financial gain, and that monies donated by the public to fund expenses associated with the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit were privately maintained by deputies and unaccounted for by the county.

Commissioners sent Sheriff Guy a letter back on May 13th instructing him to cease and desist the use of the animals as they were privately owned and there were no approved agreements for their use by the county. Sheriff Guy failed to formally respond to the letter, and to the contrary, permitted Deputy Brown to bring a new dog into service.

“Sheriff Tony Guy does not have the authority to utilize these dogs or to expend funds for that purpose,” Solicitor Cantelmi told the Beaver Countian. “We thought he would come forward and have a meaningful conversation with us about the dogs and about the problems surrounding them, but that has not happened, he has only mentioned them at all briefly in passing.”

Along with paying for the food, veterinary care, and training of the K-9s, the county also pays each deputy responsible for their handling $10 per day – $3,650 per year – in addition to their regular salaries to care for the animals while off-duty.

Commissioner Sandie Egley told the Beaver Countian that Sheriff Tony Guy is putting taxpayers at risk by continuing to allow deputies to use their privately owned dogs to perform official duties.

“There are conflicts of interest and questions of liability for the county with these dogs,” Commissioner Egley told the Beaver Countian. “In May, one of the K-9s ‘retired’ and the Sheriff replaced the dog with another K-9 without informing Commissioners — we have no knowledge of whether the dog was purchased or donated, trained or certified. There are no contracts, no agreements, no resolutions, and as of today, August 29th, there’s going to be no funding either.”

A K-9 handled by Deputy Joseph Osche will continue to be funded by the county as Osche has not been personally profiting from the dog and the animal was formally obtained by the county through the “Pennsylvania Region 13 Task Force.”

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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weredareres
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weredareres

This is as it should be. Deputy Osche doesn’t own the dog and is not profiting from the dog. The commissioners are doing the correct thing and saving money in the end. My guess is that the Sheriff figured he would lay low and the commissioners would forget about the dogs.

Nobama
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Nobama

Well, at least we now know where he got the money to pay for all that ink on his arm. Professional my ass!

$300.00+ per month for care for a DOG?! Who the hell comes up with this per-diem costs?! Where do I sign up for my dog?!

Misterc John
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Misterc John

these dogs, in the wrong hands, are every bit as dangerous as a weapon. when did beaver county become like a 3rd world country in need of k9 dogs anyway ?

John Meehan
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John Meehan

Just shut your stupid ignorant mouth

Misterc John
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Misterc John

or what ?

Marc Patricio Crawley
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Marc Patricio Crawley

John Meehan that’s not very nice.

Misterc John
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Misterc John

says a lot about him doesn’t it ?

Nicole Shepard
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Nicole Shepard

Just read his Facebook bio…there is your answer.

Misterc John
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Misterc John

yeah, i get it.

Nobama
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Nobama

We became a third world country on 1/20/2009 when Nobama took over as Punk Ass in Chief. That’s when.

Kimberly Allen
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Kimberly Allen

John Meehan You first!

Linda Guthrie Corless
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Linda Guthrie Corless

Also to find fugitives

Bobbi Jo Arnold
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Bobbi Jo Arnold

Misteric John maybe when the drugs started getting bad in Beaver County! John Meehan your comment was totally uncalled for and ignorant! If you can’t say something intelligent then your the one who needs to shut your mouth!

Shawn Evans
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Shawn Evans

For Drugs Busts DUMMY…..

Ron Sinclair
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Ron Sinclair

County deputies do not have arresting authority other then with warrants.. not drug raids.. they move prisoners to and from Court. And serve warrants that’s the limit of their duties.. period.

What did you say
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What did you say

You are absolutely right.

Shawn Evans
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Shawn Evans

They so drug Busts all the time..

Misterc John
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Misterc John

yeah right. you need dogs for drug busts ??? you my friend are the dummy. they get off on being powerful. the dogs are an extension of that. if you don’t see it like that, too bad.

Bobbi Jo Arnold
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Bobbi Jo Arnold

Misteric John I’m retracting my comment that I defended you in. After this idiotic comment of yours I have cone to realize your the dummy and deserved to be told to shut up. Ugh

Kimberly Allen
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Kimberly Allen

Bobbi Jo Arnold Really…you are just going to go around calling people names? Grow up.

Misterc John
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Misterc John

Bobbi Jo Arnold I don’t need to be defended by you, or anyone else. Name calling shows me all I need to know about you.