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Police putting dogs thru paces today at K9 trials

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POSTED April 27, 2013 2:33 a.m.

The Manteca Police Department Canine Unit is hosting its annual canine trials today beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until at least 2 p.m.

The end time depends on the number of last minute entries arriving from other departments.

There are usually some 30 black and white canine patrol cars that are parked in the Manteca Golf Course parking lot with their engines running to keep the animals cooled by the air conditioners before and after their competitions.

Canine Officer Jason Massey noted that the narcotics searches were held privately Friday at the Morenzone Center just west of Union Road and Center Street with 21 officers coming from as far away as Contra Costa, Benicia and San Francisco – Ripon was also on hand.

He couldn’t predict how many entrants there would be today for the Protection Phase of the contest who in the past have from up and down the valley and as far away as San Jose, Reno and Oregon.

The Protection Phase includes searches, agility obedience and protection.

An awards dinner will be held in the Manteca Senior Center after the completion of the competition complete with door prizes.

This is the 44th year for the Manteca canine trials and the 52nd year the unit has been active in the community.  There were eight years when trials were not held.

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