Two canine teams from the Petaluma Police Department combined to win the coveted Sheriffs Trophy for top team and garnered seven other awards at the Sonoma County Sheriffs Department Canine Trials on Friday and Saturday.
Officer Mike Page and canine Rico collaborated with Officer Jason Jucutan and canine Kilo to win the team trophy. More than 20 other canine teams from throughout California competed in the two-day event, said Sgt. Mark Hunter of the Petaluma Police Department.
Page and Rico also placed first in obedience, second in overall and in building narcotics, third in overall narcotics and fourth in area search. Jucutan and Kilo placed first in agility and fifth in obedience.
Financing for the Petaluma teams participation in the event came from proceeds raised at last years Petaluma Police Canine Trials.
sponsored by the Petaluma Police Canine Committee.
This committee is a non-profit citizens group that has raised funds to supplement training and equipment costs for the canine programs during the past 12 years, Hunter said.
The committee has recently begun fund-raising efforts to add a third dog to the police departments Canine Unit.
The 12th Annual Petaluma Police Canine Trials will be held Aug. 15 at Lucchesi Park. Anyone interested in supporting the trials and canine unit through tax-deductible donations should contact Hunter at 781-1269.