By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — Police have many great entries to choose from when naming the department’s new canine mannequin.
The police department has ended its contest and will now decide on a unique way to choose the winning name for the new training tool.
Police received a gift of a dog mannequin to help with training in case K-9 Mingo ever needed first aid or other help during his work in town.
The training dog was donated by Crossroads Animal Hospital.
But the dog didn’t come with a name and police started a contest to ask for the public’s help.
Mingo’s partner and handler Officer John Perry said there was a great response to the name contest.
“We received a lot of good name suggestions,” Perry said. “I’m in the process of finding a creative way to let Mingo pick the name.”
Mingo, a 5-year-old German shepherd, joined the force after Londonderry’s former service dog Zip retired. Zip died in 2010 and Mingo officially took over the duties, working side by side with Perry sniffing out drugs and explosives, and searching for crime suspects.
The person who submitted the winning entry will get some type of recognition.