4th Annual SPPD K9 Dinner promises evening of fun to benefit program

April 10, 2013
Santa Paula News

What do you get when you mix a domestic carnivorous animal with a long muzzle, pointed ears and a badge with pasta and garlic bread?

Why, the 4th Annual Santa Paula Police Department K9 Spaghetti Dinner, this year to be held Wednesday, April 24 to honor Canine Cops Chevy, Zak and Hozy. 

The K9s’ handlers are also invited to this evening of food, fun, and a fascinating program centered on how the dedicated dogs are trained and react. Chevy rides with Senior Officer Scott Varner, Hozy is partnered with Officer Randy Haumann, and Zak rides along with Senior Officer Larry Johnson (and even lets Johnson do the driving).

The Community Center (530 W. Main St.) dinner is only $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 years and younger. Dinner will be served cafeteria style at 5:30 p.m. and the program will start promptly at 7 p.m. 

The dinner benefits the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation K9 program. “It’s always a fun evening, a great time to meet our dogs and their handlers,” said Dinner Committee Chairperson Debbie Johnson, treasurer of the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation. “We’re really looking forward to the demonstration the K9s will be putting on,” a real crowd pleaser - especially for the kids, who also get to interact with the dogs when they’re in their off-duty mode.

Johnson said fundraising is constant for the foundation’s K9 fund that is always at the ready to provide the police dogs with expensive but necessary training and equipment. K9s are a vital contribution to the crime-fighting community, where their presence alone has been known to stop criminals in their tracks. Not only can K9s be trained to serve as specialized Smell-O-Meters, detecting everything from explosives and narcotics to weapons and even destructive pests, but the dogs are also an invaluable public relations tool enjoyed by adults and children alike.

The 4th Annual SPPD K9 Dinner not only includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and a special dessert, but also the thrilling K9 demonstrations and a chance to win an array of raffle prizes. Also promising to be on hand is McGruff, the crime-fighting dog that is a favorite of kids of all ages. Bring you cameras for fun snapshots! 

This year will also offer take-out dinners with easy pickup for adult plates only (no children’s meals will be allowed for takeout). Tickets, only $15 each for adults and $5 for children (12 years and under for dine-in only), are available at the Santa Paula Times, 120 Davis St., and the Santa Paula Police Station, 214 S. 10th Street. 

Take-outs are readily available - just follow the signs at the Community Center and you won’t even have to get out of your car! Remember though: only the $15 adult plates are sold for take-out, no child plates.

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