Last year, real-estate developer and art collector Ron Pizzuti opened the doors to the Pizzuti Collection in the Short North, a venue at which to showcase his vast art collection. After purchasing his first piece of art in 1972, he has since amassed more than 1,500 works by artists ranging from Frank Stella to Ai [...]
Ohio State And 2 Other Ohio Universities Get Bomb Dogs
Three universities are getting bomb-sniffing dogs through a pilot program that officials eventually hope to expand throughout Ohio’s state universities.
The presentations are Monday at Youngstown State University, Tuesday at Ohio State University and Wednesday at Bowling Green State University.
Ohio’s public safety director, John Born, says it’s part of Gov. John Kasich’s plans to strengthen school safety for students ranging from preschool to college age.
Born says the dogs can respond to threats and conduct security sweeps for large-scale events, such as athletic games or visits by dignitaries.
It costs more than $12,700 to buy each animal and pay for initial training and equipment. Ohio Homeland Security is covering those costs with federal grant money.
The universities provide the officers who become the dogs’ full-time handlers.