Local teams compete in annual K-9 Olympics

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Tue., Jul. 16, 2013
DOC Officer Charles Ellison completes the obstacle course with his K-9 partner, Matrix. Photos by Melanie Savage.
DOC Officer Charles Ellison completes the obstacle course with his K-9 partner, Matrix. Photos by Melanie Savage.

On July 13, hundreds of spectators and 32 different K-9 teams converged upon UConn’s Depot Campus for the 22nd annual K-9 Olympics competition. Teams competed in events such as obedience, obstacles, criminal apprehension, alert search and a building search with simulated shots fired.

Along with Connecticut State Troopers, there were teams representing the Department of Corrections, and departments from the towns of Willimantic, Windsor Locks, Berlin, Manchester, Old Saybrook, Middletown, East Hartford, Enfield, Plymouth, Naugatuck and Hartford. The University of Connecticut Police Department was also represented.

All proceeds raised through donations and vendor proceeds are traditionally donated to a different group of charities every year. This year’s proceeds were split among the Special Olympics, first responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Shriners Children Burn Centers, CTCHIP (Connecticut Child Identification Program) and other charities.


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