Fundraiser this weekend for police K-9 teams throughout Bay Area

'Cover your K-9' effort pays for bullet-proof vests, medical care for police dogs

Law enforcement agencies in the Tri-Valley are holding a "Pet Wash" this weekend at the Dublin Pet Food Express store to raise funds for their K-9 teams.

The store is located at 4460 Tassajara Road, at the corner of Dublin Boulevard.

Police hope to raise $100,000 selling "pet wash" tokens for the "Cover Your K-9" Fund that will provide bullet-proof vests and medical care for on-duty and retired police dogs.

Last year the Fund raised $71,000 in the Bay Area-wide Pet Food Express fundraiser. Some of today's events will include demonstrations of the dog's skills and obedience.

The Greater Bay Area "Cover Your K-9" Fund is a project of the nonprofit, all volunteer Police and Working K-9 Foundation. The Foundation's vice-president, Louise Tully, said the K-9 teams are in danger of being eliminated or cut back because of budget cuts.

The Vallejo Police Department announced this month it plans to eliminate its four K-9 teams for 90 days starting today to save money. Lt. Jim O'Connell confirmed late Friday one of the four teams will be retained. He said he hopes some of the other teams will return in the near future.

More than 40 K-9 teams are expected to show their stuff at 30 Pet Food Express locations in the Bay Area, Tully said.

For more information, call Pet Food Express n Dublin at (925) 556-1111.

James Lanaras, Bay City News

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