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N.J. man builds dog house, donates to Hackettstown’s K-9 (PHOTOS)

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Scotch Plains man used his woodworking skills to give back to the community by donating a dog house to Hackettstown’s K-9.

Lou DiBella, who likes building dog houses, recently decided to build one more. This is a patriotic house honoring all brave working dogs (active, retired, therapy) especially K-9 Conan, a military Belgian Malinois injured in the Baghdadi raid, who was honored at the White House.

The dog house is hand crafted and painted from scratch and took about 45 hours to build, paint, and customize.

(Photo: Patriotic Dog House/Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)

DiBella wanted to donate the dog house to a K-9 handler who was also a military veteran.

A friend of Patrolman Christopher Laver surprised him with the news that he would receive the dog house for K-9 Jada. Patrolman Laver served from 2005-06 in Al Asad Iraq with the 57th Gun-Truck Co. 10th. Mt. Division,

“K-9 Jada received her new home on Thursday and she is very excited,” police said.

(Photo: Lou DiBella (L), Ptl. Chris Laver (R), K-9 Jada (C)/Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)

“Receiving this dog house for K-9 Jada, solidifies the hard work and dedication to this line of work. It is a direct representation to all those in the K-9 field. Lou was specific that a military veteran and active K-9 handler received this,” Laver said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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