New K9 – BINX

Hinsdale Police Department set to welcome Binx the K9

Hinsdale Police Officer Paul Samataro receives a check for a new police dog from Hinsdale Walmart Store Adam Rizzo on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

Hinsdale Police Officer Paul Samataro receives a check for a new police dog from Hinsdale Walmart Store Adam Rizzo on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.KRISTOPHER RADDER – BRATTLEBORO REFORMERPosted Thursday, January 3, 2019 7:54 pmBy Chris Mays, Brattleboro ReformerHINSDALE, N.H. — The police department is preparing to welcome a four-legged friend to the ranks. 

Binx is named after Thackery Binx, a character from the 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus,” because the dog was selected from Connecticut-based Katalyst Kennels around Halloween time. 

“It’s going to be a great dog,” said Officer Paul Samataro, of the Hinsdale Police Department. “It’s going to be a sweet dog.”

He expects to the K9 will arrive in late spring. The dog also will help when needed for mutual aid in nearby towns including Brattleboro. 

The breeder is working to desensitize the dog now and more training will follow with fellow New Hampshire officers later. Then Binx and Samataro will attend narcotics training in Boston in the summer. 

“Until then the dog will be able to do tracking,” Samataro said. “So if someone is lost, they’ll be able to find their scent.”

To help with the department’s first K9, it received $1,500 through the Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program. And the VCA Windham Animal Hospital of Brattleboro is providing medicines, vaccinations and the spaying for free. 

“We’re able to give back to the community every year,” said Adam Rizzo, store manager of Walmart in Hinsdale. “We have certain funds that the store managers are able to give out at their discretion.”

Rizzo said Samataro had been in the store often for various things and the officer told him about the K9 program. With funds still leftover, Rizzo decided to make a contribution. 

“It was great to be able to participate with them,” Rizzo said. “Whenever we can give back to the community, we try to do so.” 

Binx will be the Hinsdale Police Department’s first K9. Samataro said the dog is “definitely” needed in the area and will be a nice addition to the community. 

More fundraising is underway. 

“We want to get a bulletproof vest for the dog,” said Samataro, anticipating the cost to be about $1,000. 

The department is accepting donations. 

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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