One of the best drug-fighting weapons in the law enforcement arsenal is the K-9 unit. These highly-trained animals can detect drugs in an instant. And not only are they effective, drug dealers too know that once drug-sniffing dogs are brought onto the scene, the dealer is in trouble.
But K-9 drug units are expensive. I'm told it would cost as much as $16,000 to purchase and train a dog for the drug unit here. It becomes difficult to find those financial resources in our small community. So often, the public comes to the rescue and helps to purchase and train dogs.
Well that's what's on tap Saturday when the Cactus Cantina, 1201 East Malone, hosts a poker run, barbecue and day of entertainment to help raise funds for the K-9 Fund.
Motorcyclists can participate in a poker run that will raise money for the dog. And if you're not a biker, you can enjoy the barbecue, cooked by the Elks Club, and musical entertainment throughout the day. All in all, the day-long event will offer something for everyone.
Proceeds from the day's activities will go toward the K-9 Fund. Given the current climate on drugs, the idea of a fund-raiser for this specific cause is an excellent benefit.
Mark your calendar for this Saturday. Drop by the Cantina, enjoy the food and music, visit with friends and know that you're helping to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.
Smaller communities rely on tax dollars to provide their needs. But we also rely on the private sector to help in any way they can. A fund-raiser to better equip our Public Safety K-9 Fund is an excellent example of the partnership between the public and private sectors.
See you Saturday.