Greencastle Borough Council plans to make a decision about the future of the police department's K-9 unit, put on hold in December after the death of the police dog Rony, at its March meeting and is seeking input from the public.
Rony, a member of the department for more than eight years, was hit by a car and killed while off-duty the day before council was set to talk about eliminating the K-9 program amid budget concerns.
"As everyone knows, our K-9 unit, Rony, left us in the month of December," Frank Webster Jr., council president, said in a statement read at Monday night's meeting. "I know our community joins me in feeling the sorrow from this loss. However, it is imperative that this governing body make a decision about the future of the program."
Webster has referred the issue to two committees, the public safety committee and the administration and finance committee, "to debate the program and make a recommendation to council as to whether the program should be terminated or continued."
The committees, along with Mayor Ben Thomas Jr., will be asked for that recommendation at the council meeting on March 5.
The committee meetings have not yet been scheduled, but will be advertised in the Echo Pilot when they are.
"I encourage all members of the public to take part in these committee meetings and be part of the discussion," Webster said. "I believe that the public needs to be part of the decision-making process.