The Council Bluffs Kennel Club made a generous donation to the Council Bluffs Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The Club donated $10,250 toward one of the department’s new K-9’s, and bought a safety vest for another one of the K-9 Partners. They also donated oxygen masks for the Council Bluffs Fire Department to use when saving pets at fire scenes. “It is a good feeling when we can help,” said Janell O’Connor, treasurer with the Council Bluffs Kennel Club.

To thank the Kennel Club, the Council Bluffs Police Department K-9 Unit held two demonstrations showing the skills of the K-9’s.  The demonstrations were given on Nov. 24th, at the Mid-America Center Annual Council Bluffs Kennel Club Dog Show. Over 600 adult dogs and puppies, from all over the county competed in the event. Many of the people competing were preparing for the famous, Westminster Kennel Club, dog show that will be held in February 2020, at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

During the police K-9 training demonstrations, Police Officer McClure demonstrated how his K-9 Partner, Ares, alerts at an object containing a drug order. Once found, as a reward, Ares is allowed to play with the object that contains a drug order. Play is one of the ways the officers train the dogs to keep them sharp and ready for the real world, Sgt. Albers, Supervisor of the K-9 Unit, told those in attendance.

The K-9 Unit relies on donations to keep this vital program going. Both the Police Department and the Fire Department sincerely thank the Kennel Club, and everyone who donates to the program.

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