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HCSO Hosts Press Conference with Chattanooga Dog Agility Club

11/16/2016

Generous Donation to Be Made to HCSO K-9 Unit

Hamilton County, TN – Sheriff Jim Hammond and members of the HCSO K-9 Unit are pleased to announce a joint press conference to be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:00 am with the Chattanooga Dog Agility Club in recognition of their generous support of the HCSO K-9 Division.

The purpose of this joint press conference is to accept a generous donation of many useful items and acknowledge the financial contribution of training opportunities made possible for HCSO K-9 personnel by the members and supporters of the Chattanooga Dog Agility Club.

The Chattanooga Dog Agility Club has chosen the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to be their first benefactor. In honor of that patronage, they have generously purchased over $3500 worth of gear and items to help out fit and train members of the unit. Their membership has also helped raise funds to send every member of the HCSO K-9 Unit to this year’s 2016 K-9 Cop Conference and Vendor Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

These contributions are significant and will greatly help the HCSO provide the best tools and training possible to our dedicated deputies (both four legged and two legged) and allow our personnel to better serve the citizens of Hamilton County.

About the Chattanooga Dog Agility Club

The Chattanooga Dog Agility Club was founded four years ago by a group of people that train and compete in various dog sports such as Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Herding and Flyball. The club's goal was to be able to host AKC Agility trials at a local venue, Play Dog Excellent. After completing all the requirements set forth by the AKC, the club hosted their first Agility trial in April 2013. They have since hosted six more trials.

The trials have proven to be financially successful. As a non-profit, the club has chosen to give back to the local community. They have chosen the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit as our first benefactor.

Being dog trainers, they are well aware of the importance of having the proper tools and equipment necessary to train and execute correct behaviors. Their hope is that the donation of this equipment will make the job of the HCSO K-9 teams easier and more efficient.

The press conference will be held on Monday, November 21st at 10:00 am at the Play Dog Excellent, LLC Facility located at 4113 Dayton Boulevard. The press conference will last approximately 30 minutes. During this time, Sheriff Hammond, members of the K-9 unit, and members of the Chattanooga Dog Agility Club will be onsite. There will be numerous opportunities for the media to obtain Interviews, B-Roll, and demonstrations after the press conference. All media agencies are encouraged to attend and help communicate this generous donation to the community.

The media will also get to see many of the items donated to the K-9 unit such as narcotic safes, tracking lines, duty harnesses, tactical bungees, life-like arms for bite-work training, drug detection kits, and other K-9 equipment being donated.

A complete list of items donated and a media packet will be available to media outlets who participate.

For any questions, please contact the HCSO Public Information Office.



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