Like their human handlers, K-9 police dogs put their lives on the line every day. These highly trained dogs are instrumental in helping law enforcement officers get the bad guys.
Several of the Cape's police departments have K-9 units including Mashpee, Yarmouth, Barnstable and Dennis. The Barnstable County Sheriff''s Office has K-9 units and is also instrumental in breeding and training the dogs.
The dogs are trained for very specific tasks. Some are narcotics sniffing dogs, others are trained to track missing humans and others are trained for patrol tasks such as crowd control and criminal apprehension.
Maintaining a happy and healthy police canine even into retirement can be costly for their human handlers and the Cape & Islands Police K-9 Relief Fund is there to help. Through the support of local individuals and businesses, the fund assists the owners of retired police canines with veterinary bills and other expenses.
The Cape & Islands Police K-9 Relief Fundraiser, the 9th annual, will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Yarmouth House in West Yarmouth. There will be a silent auction, raffle, music and hors d'oeuvres.
A donation of $50 per person is suggested. All proceeds from the event go to paying medical bills for retired police K-9 dogs. Admission is payable at the door.
For more information about the Cape and Islands Police K-9 Relief Fund or to make an online donation, visit the website here.
See a slideshow from a K-9 demonstration at Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port in May 2012 below. All photos by Maggie Kulbokas. (Click Flickr link for captions).