‘He’s an amazing dog’

Volunteers from Pentair, Urban Roots and City Academy planted some 60 fruit trees May 9, creating an orchard at the Village on Rivoli housing development. The orchard was paid for with a $50,000 grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.

The first seven homes at the Village on Rivoli housing development, seen behind the garden and orchard, will go on the market later this month.

Doc Stanely is a 2-year-old German Shepard. His new vest will help protect him from potential harm from assailants.

West St. Paul animal hospital donates police vest


On May 22, Doc Stanley walked into the West St. Paul City Council chambers proudly wearing his new police vest. 

Doc isn’t your average officer though — he’s a German shepherd and the K9 officer for the West St. Paul Police Department, and his vest was made possible by money raised by Skadron Animal hospital.

Police Chief Bud Shaver said the West St. Paul police department has had a K9 program for nearly a decade.

The canine unit is primarily a patrol unit that assists in tracking and apprehending suspects, conducting area searches for evidence and can search for missing people.

“With the exception of the purchase of the [K9] vehicle, the program is run on donations from citizens and businesses. We really appreciate that,” Shaver said at the meeting.

After Mike, the previous K9 dog retired, Skadron Animal Hospital donated money to purchase Doc Stanley, named after the late Stanley Skadron, who founded the West St. Paul animal hospital. 

“He’s an amazing dog,” said Teri Skadron, a veterinarian at the hospital who is married to Stanley’s son, Tom Skadron. “He’s really cool.”

Tom, also a veterinairan at the hospital, said he wanted to provide a bulletproof vest for the dog, something the hospital had done for Mike. 

Teri said Doc is sometimes in dangerous situations — something the Skadrons had realized 10 years ago when it came to Mike.

“We got into this discussion [with the previous K9 handler] Carl ... I was saying ‘I think we have to raise money and get Mike a police vest,’” Tom said. “Two people were standing at our counter and they said ‘If you start doing this, I’ll write a check for $100 right now.’”

Within a week, $1,100 had been raised to buy a vest for Mike.


Care from, and for, the community

When it came time to raise money for Doc Stanley’s vest, a donation jar placed in the lobby of Skadron Animal Hospital raised $2,600 in 30 days.

The effort started with a similar conversation between Tom and Officer Joe Gobley, Doc Stanley’s partner and handler.

Gobley said the vest showed up just in time. The week they received it, Gobley and Doc had to search for someone who had a knife. Gobley said he put the vest on Doc and they covered five to 10 miles searching, and Doc had no problems with it.

Gobley said there have already been two instances in Doc’s career when he’s been injured.

“Both [times], Tom, Teri and their staff stepped up immediately and cared for him,” Gobley said. 

Teri said providing veterinary care for Doc is a way the hospital can help the community. 

She said it was touching to see the hospital’s patients’ owners donating money. Of course they’re going to be animals lovers, she said, but by making donations they were going a step beyond.

Tom said there were checks coming in from all over the country, but most of the donations came from people who’s pets are cared for at the hospital.

“These are people that love animals that want to protect this dog, that protects us,” Teri said.

Every time someone made a donation, no matter how big or small, Teri said everyone at the hospital was excited. She said everyone wanted to contribute and be part of the effort.

“We just wanted to make sure this dog was protected. He didn’t have a bulletproof vest, and we knew they were expensive so we raised the funds for that,” she said. 

At the council meeting, Mayor Jenny Halverson thanked the Skadron family for not only the donation, but also it’s continued support of the city.

“The dog works for our community,” Teri said. “It’s our way of giving back.”

Hannah Burlingame can be reached at 651-748-7824 or hburlingame@lillienews.com.


Marjorie Otto can be reached at 651-748-7816 or at eastside@lillienews.com. Follow her on Twitter at @EastSideM_Otto.









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