Fundraiser this weekend to benefit WCPD’s K-9 program

June 15, 2011

Martha Ross, Walnut Creek Patch

Money raised could help the department add a third dog to its K-9 program in the future

Pet Food Expresss will donate money it earns from its pet washes and collect donations from customers to benefit the Walnut Creek Police Department's K-9 program.

Money raised will also help the police department possibly buy a third dog to join its force.  It costs $17,000 to $20,000 to purchase a new dog and train the dog--as well as the dog's police officer partner.

Pet Food Express expects to raise $10,000 this weekend and hold additional fundraisers in the future to secure the remaining amount, said Mike Murray of Pet Food Express.

Both Police Chief Joel Bryden and Captain Tim Schultz said the department has not made a final decision on whether to buy a third dog to add to its force. The department has also not brought the matter to the attention of the City Council.

"Additional an additional canine is something that we are researching and would like to accomplish in the near future," Schultz said. "The ongoing fundraisers that we conduct (like the recent event at Pet Food Express) are to support the continued success of our entire canine program."

The fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pet Food Express, 1388 South California Boulevard.

At a Pet Food Express fundraiser last summer to benefit police K-9 programs throughout the Bay Area, Walnut Creek police dog, Kar, and his partner, Joe Donleavy, demonstrated how dogs can find drugs and go after suspects attempting to hide.

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