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Camarillo / Second Annual Dining with the Dogs Fundraiser
4/18/2012 1:30:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Second Annual Dining with the Dogs Fundraiser




Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, CA.

Date & Time:

Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 2:00 p.m. ' 7:00 p.m.

Unit Responsible:

National Police Dog Foundation, Ventura County Sheriff's K-9 Search & Rescue Team, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit








Come and meet our K-9 first responders at the Second Annual Fundraiser Dinner. This is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with our K9's up close and personal, and to learn more about them and the many jobs they perform.  There will be demonstrations, booths, live music, a live auction, raffles and more.  With dogs, casual dress advised.  


The National Police Dog Foundation (NPDF) began to support K-9 units throughout the United States in 2004.  They currently assist law enforcement agencies through funding to achieve their goals of providing a K-9 unit with quality police dogs and training.  In addition, the NPDF has also incorporated a network of veterinarians to help assist agencies with providing for maintenance care and costly medical situations that might occur during their active service career.


The Ventura County Sheriff's K-9 Search & Rescue Team is an all-volunteer non-paid team.  They are on call 24/7 to respond, and assist local, state, and federal agencies in the search for and recovery of lost and missing persons.  The team is trained in three types of search disciplines: Area Search, Trailing, and Human Remains Detection.  These dogs and handlers undergo rigorous training, and must get certified before being mission ready.  These volunteers spend countless hours in supervised training sessions, and do so on their own time and personal expense.  When they get called into action, they unselfishly share their special skills for the benefit of others. For more information, please visit


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit has been in existence since 1986.  Currently, we have six K-9 teams that are assigned to the patrol division within the sheriff's office, and one Detention Services K-9 team that is used primarily for drug detection within our detention facilities.  There is a K-9 team assigned to each of our five contract cities that include Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Ojai, Fillmore, and one team assigned to the Headquarters Station (unincorporated areas surrounding Ventura and Oxnard). The current patrol canines are German Shepherds, which are imported from European countries.  The canines help us do our job safer and faster than we would be able to without them. These valuable partners save the department hundreds if not thousands of man-hours every year by locating suspects, evidence, narcotics, or missing people quickly.


The untrained patrol canine cost is approximately $8,000 - $9,000 each.  By the time each of our canines is fully trained, we have invested over $20,000.  This unit is primarily funded through the generous donations of private citizens and local businesses.  For more information, please visit


Please help support this very worthwhile event, as all proceeds will benefit these teams that are all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.  Please contact Ron Dalzell or visit (under events/sponsors) for more details on how you can become part of a wonderful cause.


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Captain Dave Murray

Media Release Date:

April 18, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Ron Dalzell, DVM (805) 701-8680

Approved by:

Captain Jerry Hernandez