Pet Wash Held to Aid Police Dogs

July 12, 2014

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Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for K-9 units

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CARMEL, Calif. —A pet wash was held Saturday to raise money for equipment to protect police dogs.

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Although it's said that dogs are man's best friend, sometimes it works the other way, too.

"He's constantly watching me, every move I make whether I get off the unit or whether people approach my patrol car," Soledad Police Department K-9 Officer Lionel Munguia said.

In an effort to keep both partners safe, Pet Food Express in Carmel hosted a pet-washing fundraiser to get the dogs the gear they need in the field.

"We wear a vest. We carry a duty belt. We're protected," Munguia said. "We want our canine to be protected as well."

"Anywhere from purchasing the canine vests to the trauma kits to air-conditioning clicks, it's just amazing what all these donations go toward," Pet Food Express representative Amy Ryan-Tavener said.

"I think the canine project is a wonderful project. I mean we need that in our society, so it's a great cause to give back to," supporter Gloria Elber said.

Cover Your K-9 is a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping K-9 teams safe, and it's made possible entirely through community donations.

It's the sixth annual fundraiser hosted by Pet Food Express, and since the fundraiser began, $500,000 has been raised for the canines.

While that may sound like a lot, a bulletproof vest for a dog costs about $1,200 each.

"He's my partner, and we're buddies," Munguia said.

By Jacqueline Mazur

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