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2nd Annual Florida Gulf Coast Police K9 Competition Saturday at Island Coast High School

January 4, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The 2nd Annual Florida Gulf Coast Police K9 Competition will be held on Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Parkway, Cape Coral. The event will be a part of the Heroes and Hounds charity event to support the Holidays 4 Heroes foundation and the city's K9 Unit. The Holidays 4 Heroes foundation is a locally owned charity organization dedicated to sending care packages overseas to soldiers deployed during the holidays.

As of right now approximately 25 K9 teams representing 12 agencies across Florida will compete in a timed Handler/K9 obstacle course. The second part of the competition will be a fastest/hardest hitting dog competition, where all the handlers will have the opportunity to send the dog downfield to apprehend a decoy. The events are designed to showcase the agility, obedience, and hard work all the K9's and their handlers put in to operate on a high level. This year, we have added a civilian division to the obstacle course, so that several local trainers and handlers from surrounding K9 Clubs will have the opportunity to test their abilities as well.

The Hounds for Heroes event that hosts our K9 Competition is entirely free to the public and is very family friendly. Parking will be at the event and free as well. In addition to Holidays 4 Heroes, there will also be several other small, local, charity organizations who deserve recognition and support for their efforts to improve the community. Donations to any of the worthy causes would be appreciated.

The event will also have a large vendor expo with many items for sale or promotion.

The Cape Coral Police Department K9 Unit, SWAT Team,and Fire Department will have equipment on display, and, like last year, there will be bounce houses for the kids. In addition, this year there will be a food truck rally featuring some of south Florida's top-rated food trucks.

The main sponsors for this year's competition include Survival Armor, Shoot Center, Julius K9, Sinclair Custom Homes, Dixie Roadhouse, Big Blue Brewing, Pumps Plus and Brand1Ink.

Event t-shirts will be on sale for $15 for adult sizes and $10 for children's. Jessie of BlackDawg Photography design the shirts this year and she will also be providing photography at the event.



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