MURRIETA – The Paws4Law Foundation will be host the sixth annual fundraising event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at Town Square Park in Murrieta.
A law enforcement K9 demonstration by the Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit will be featured, as well as the opportunity to dunk a favorite police officer in the “Dunk a Cop” tank. There will be food for sale from So Cal Tacos, a kid’s zone with bounce houses from All4Fun Jumpers, music and entertainment by Brannon Entertainment and many local vendors on-site for shopping. With free admission and free parking, the family friendly event will support local businesses as well as the Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit.
The Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit consists of five active K9 teams. Kazan, a German shepherd handled by Cpl. Elliott; Rocky, a Belgian Malinois handled by officer Hollenweger; Buck, a Belgian Malinois handled by officer Harwick; Pak, a Belgian Malinois handled by officer Huss and Ranger, a Bloodhound handled by officer Zeltner.
These police service dogs perform many important jobs for the police department including tracking down suspects that have fled the scene of a crime, squeezing into tight spaces to apprehend perpetrators, locating lost or missing persons and locating illegal narcotics. K9s are an invaluable law enforcement tool that have been proven to save much needed time in emergency situations and have often saved officer’s lives. With their keen sense of hearing and smell as well as their speed and agility, police service dogs are able to locate people or objects, such as evidence, far quicker than officers acting alone. In high-risk situations, K9s are able to approach or subdue individuals without personal injury risk to the officers, who would otherwise have to handle these situations on their own.
City budgets are often allocated in advance, and budgets have been cut statewide in recent years. Hard work from the foundation and volunteers, along with support from the community, allows the Paws4Law Foundation to raise the much needed funds for agility training equipment, safety gear and equipment in addition to that provided by the police department, additional training seminars and K9 trial competitions that the MPD K9 handlers may attend, as well as unexpected veterinary and burial costs for the retired police service dogs that have served the community.
The community is invited to visit with the dogs and their handlers at the fundraising event.
The Paws4Law Foundation is a local nonprofit group dedicated to raising community awareness and support for the Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit. The foundation is completely independent of the Murrieta Police Department and the city of Murrieta.