Support K-9s at the DCSO fundraiser |

Support K-9s at the DCSO fundraiser

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One of the DCSO K-9's Shadow.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

Want to find a way to support the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and see what the local K-9’s are trained to do?

Dog Days of Summer is a fundraiser that will help support the training, food, equipment and all other costs associated with owning K-9’s.

The event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20. The funds will help support these working dogs that frequently put themselves in harms way.

The fundraiser will be held at Heritage Park, in conjunction with Splash Dogs and will have contests, obstacle courses, a hot dog bobbing contest and a barn hunt.

They will also have the K-9s doing demonstrations, a silent auction, raffle and prizes for dogs competing in the events.

They will also hold a trick-obedience contest and a best-costumed dog contest.

One of the special K-9s that DSCO has is Shadow, a 4-year-old German Shepherd who was certified to work in law enforcement in 2014.

Shadow specializes in finding marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and Ecstacy wherever it is hidden using his sense of smell.

He is also trained to hunt for people, such as violent offenders, homicide suspects or missing people by using smell or tracking footprints.

Shadow is a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, and is trained to search buildings, crawl spaces, attics or anywhere else he can physically fit.

He is conditioned to ignore gunfire, works in complete darkness, smoke filled environments and chemical agent environments.

“Despite being a working police dog, Shadow is a big love and at 105 pounds will readily climb into anyone’s lap who sits next to him,” officials said.

To see dogs like Shadow or for more information on the fundraiser contact Sgt. Bernadette Smith at 782-9931.

Unpaid employees are staffing the event; if anyone would like to make a donation, send a check to DSCO Advisory Council with a note specifying DCSO K-9 Fundraiser to POB 218, Minden, NV 89423.

Splash Dogs will also be at Heritage Park on 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

Splash Dogs is a nationally recognized dog enthusiast company that promotes dock-jumping events across the U.S.

They will have a small pool that will be open all day and encourage people to come by for training both the human and the dog.

There is a $10 fee for training that will go towards a competitive jump if training is successful.