Fundraising event at Jewelry Couture Dec. 9 to support Ventura Police K9 Unit

The Ventura Police Department currently has five K9 teams.

Jewelry Couture will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Ventura Police K9 Unit on Dec. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 390 S. Mills Road. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Ventura Police K9 Unit. The community is invited to meet the K9s and handlers and support the effort. The K9 meet and greet will take place between 2p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a K9 demonstration beginning at 2 p.m.

“We are honored to be giving back to those who continually give so much to our community. After being a part of the wonderful City of Ventura for over 30 years and residents ourselves, we really want to show our support for the Ventura Police Department” said the Sehati Family of Jewelry Couture.

The Ventura Police Department currently has five K9 teams. Two new K9s, Bolt and Miles, joined the team in July of 2017. Officer Anthony Avila has been partnered with K9 Bolt. Bolt is related to current K9 Yoschi and retired K9 Yankee. Bolt was purchased by a generous donation made by Automotive Racing Products. Officer Jack Ortega has been partnered with K9 Miles who was purchased by a generous donation made by Mile 26 Sports.

K9s are assigned to the Patrol Unit so that a team is on-duty seven days a week, providing around the clock service to the community.

On average the cost of a canine is $12,000 with an additional $8,000- $10,000 for training and certification, all of which is paid for through donations to the Ventura Police K9 Unit. All of Ventura Police K9s past and present, have been purchased through community donations and event fundraising. The K9 Unit appreciates the support of the community and the many businesses and organizations who have supported the crime fighting team.

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