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Bark-toberfest raises $1,100 to help support Manteca K9 unit
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Crystal Lopez and Charlie wait their turn in the doggie contest during Saturdays Bark-toberfest. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Library Park went to the dogs Saturday.

And when they left, the Manteca Police canine support organization ended up with $1,100.

It was all due to the Bark-toberfest started three years ago by Victoria Watson, the current reigning Miss Manteca.

The money will help Manteca Police canine officers cover many expenses related to the police dogs they work with. The dogs - that routinely help capture suspects - do not have their expenses 100 percent covered by the city. As a result officers who are their handlers have to come up with the money to cover bills unless they get assistance through efforts such as the Bark-toberfest. So far, the dog show and event has raised more than $4,000 for the non-profit Manteca Police K9 Association.

“I like being able to give back to the community,” said Watson who intends to continue the project she started to fulfill a community service requirement for Manteca Youth Focus

There were 200 people at the Bark-toberfest along with 75 dogs plus eleven vendors. The event included dog contests, K9 demonstrations, and a dog costume parade.

Watson is a Sierra High School senior. She serves as the treasurer for Sierra-Manteca Chapter of FFA and is a member of the Manteca Police Explorers. She plans to attend Sonoma State University, obtain a degree in Criminal Justice Administration and eventually enter a career in law enforcement.