Dog funds – Quibbles N Bits Tue, 10 Aug 2021 21:07:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dog funds – Quibbles N Bits 32 32 Police: Two people arrested in American Canyon after vehicle linked to stolen catalytic converters | Crime and courts Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:45:36 +0000

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A traffic stop Tuesday morning at American Canyon led to the arrest of a driver and passenger and the discovery of stolen bank cards, police said.

At around 2:30 a.m., officers stopped a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle near Danrose and Reed after learning the vehicle met the description of an SUV linked to recent thefts of catalytic converters in cars, U.S. police said. de Canyon in a press release.

Driver Elsy Vasquez, 29, of San Pablo, initially gave a false name to police, who learned they had a warrant from Solano County for possession of stolen property, the department said. His passenger, Edgar Samuel Gonzalez-Castro, 32, of San Pablo, has been the subject of an arrest warrant for theft in Contra Costa County, police said. The two were arrested on their respective warrant allegations.

A search of Vasquez and his property uncovered 10 bank cards, none of which were in his name and which officers determined had been stolen, and Gonzalez-Castro was suspected of having methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the police statement.

Both suspects were held in the Napa County Jail. In addition to the warrants, Vasquez was on suspicion of identity theft and a misdemeanor for giving false information to the police, while Gonzalez-Castro was being held on a drug possession offense.

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GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club plans to bowl for a cause Mon, 09 Aug 2021 13:40:47 +0000
Members of the GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club hold blankets with the Linus Tampa Bay Project.

By Ariana Pedraza

The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club has been a positive contributor to our community since 1955, when it helped build the cabinets for the Brandon Civic Center. Today, 66 years later, she still does everything she can to help causes in our community.

Over the past few years, he has donated art supplies and instruments to schools, prepared appreciation care kits for teachers, organized fun days at adult group homes, and organized celebrations. Annual Christmases for students at a local school. During these feasts, the students received shoes, clothes and toys. The club also sponsors a kennel through the local kennel club and at the height of the pandemic it made more than 1,500 masks, which were placed in care packages with cards and snacks for first responders. and a local pediatric emergency unit. In the past, it has also provided scholarships for high school students.

Jeanette Kjosa, the club’s finance manager, explained: “We are a group of women who love to help others. I have been with the club for over 10 years and we support many nonprofits and small businesses in the community.

Throughout the summer, the club has adopted a “Wild Things” theme for its events and fundraisers, including the Wild Things virtual bingo, the bunco, and the upcoming bowling event on Sunday, August 29. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Brandon Crossroads Bol. The funds will go to the GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club mission to participate and organize other service events in our community. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Kathy Mammenga, also the club’s finance president, said, “We just want people to come join us and have fun while raising money for the community.”

Admission is $ 12 per bowler, which includes two hours of bowling, snacks, shoes, and drinks. You can also sponsor areas of the event for $ 50. For more information about the event and how you can help, visit

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Containment expands against river fires, some evacuation orders lifted – CBS Sacramento Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:25:00 +0000

COLFAX (CBS13) – The latest on the burning river fire near Colfax:

7:25 p.m.

Further evacuation orders and warnings were lifted on Friday evening as firefighters were able to mitigate the spread of the river blaze.

According to Cal Fire, mandatory evacuations have been lifted for the following areas of Nevada County:

  • NCO-E178: Sunshine Valley Rd., Old Coach Way – All and north of Old Coach Way, east of Woodpecker Ravine, south and west of Lower Colfax Rd.
  • NCO-E180: Orchard Springs and Bear River Pines – south of Greenhorn Access Rd., West of Rollins Lake, north of Bear River, east of Highway 174.
  • NCO-E386: Powerline Rd., Talking Pines Rd., Panorama Dr.-The east side of the Colfax Freeway south of Bertino Rd. The west side of Lower Colfax Rd. South of Panorama Dr., north of the office Chicago Park Post Office.

The following areas of the county remain under evacuation order:

  • NCO-E050: Dog bar path. (Central); Mount Olive Rd. (Western) -North of Buck Ridge Rd .; Chien Bar Rd. And East; south of Rattlesnake and Birch Meadow Acres; West of Clydesdale Road.
  • NCO-E102: Sierra Knoll Estates; Dog Bar (South) – North of Retherford Rd .; Sierra Knoll Estates and East; South of Taylor Crossing Road; West of the Bear River (county line)
  • NCO-E103: Mont Olive (East) – North and South of the mountains. Olive Rd., West of Highway 174, north of Bear River, east of Olive Mountain, including Rolphholm Rd. And Clydesdale Road.

In Placer County, the following areas are still subject to mandatory evacuation orders:

  • Zone 1: Railway track west of the river. Mount. Howell Road north to
    Ben Taylor Road
  • Zone 2: Rollins Lake Road west to the river. Ben Taylor Road north to
    Rollins Lake.
  • Zone 3: Town of Colfax, west of I 80

1:04 p.m.

Some evacuation warnings have now been lifted in Nevada and Placer counties.

According to Cal Fire, the warnings were lifted in the following areas:

• Zone 4: Railway track west of the river, west of Weimar Cross Rd. North to Dogbar Road.

• Zone 5: East of I 80 to Rollins Lake, North to Secret Town Nevada County

• NCO-E048: Alta Sierra Country Club; Brewer Road. (North); Fay Rd., Carrie Dr., Rainbow Rd. – North of Wolf Creek; Annie Drive and West; South Alta Sierra Dr .; West of Dog Bar and Norvin Way

• NCO-E163: Brewer Road. (From South); Mount Buck; Lodestar Dr. – North of Conestoga Dr .; Brewer Road. and is; South of Clover Valley and Norvin Way; West of Dog Bar Road.

• NCO-E179: Peardale, (Center) Lower Colfax, Dalmatian – South and West of Route 174, North of Sunshine Valley and Panorama Dr., East of Woodpecker Ravine

• NCO-E181: Sontag; You bet Rd. (Western); Greenhorn access road; Lost lake path. (South) – East of Hwy 174, north and south of You Bet Rd., West of Greenhorn Creek and north of Greenhorn Access Rd.

• NCO-E187: You bet Rd. (East and South) – South of You Bet Road, West of Steep Hollow Creek, North of Bear River and Rollins Reservoir, East of Little Green Creek Horn.

• NCO-E192: Woodpecker Ravine, Casa Loma Drive, Southern Rattlesnake Rd., Goodall Mine Rd.-South of Highland Dr., Wes Woodpecker Ravine, North of Oak Meadows, East of Rattlesnake Rd.


The confinement is reinforced in front of the Fire River.

On Friday morning, Cal Fire reported that the wildfire near Colfax remained at 2,600 acres – the number it was Thursday night. Containment has gone from 15% to 30%.

A total of 88 structures were destroyed in the fire.

Full containment is now expected by August 14, according to Cal Fire.

Several evacuation orders remain in effect.

The previous day’s updates below:

8:07 p.m.

At least three injured have been reported in the river fire. Cal Fire said two civilians and a firefighter sustained minor injuries.

The fire grew to burn 2,600 acres and was 15% contained. Cal Fire said 76 structures were completely destroyed, including several houses. 20 other structures were damaged. About 3,400 other structures are threatened by the flames.

After the fire escalated on Wednesday, Cal Fire said cooler temperatures on Thursday allowed them to make good progress in building containment lines. Crews will work through the night to strengthen those containment lines, although the agency warns that rising temperatures on Friday could increase the behavior of the fires.

Thursday evening, 858 firefighters were on mission.

10:46 am

The Nevada County Emergency Services Office says a total of 4,298 residents in their area are under evacuation orders. 5,375 other residents are subject to evacuation warnings.

In Placer County, authorities say about 2,400 residents are under evacuation orders.

9:23 a.m.

FEMA has authorized federal funds to help in the battle against the River Fire.

The move provides federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs, according to the agency. This includes expenses such as field camps and the use of equipment for firefighters.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said officials also activated the State Operations Center to coordinate the response to the fires.


Cal Fire says the Fire River expanded to 2,400 acres on Thursday morning.

No containment has been reported.

Firefighters say temperatures will be lower on Thursday, but winds remain a concern.

Several evacuation orders remain in effect. Go here for the latest evacuation information:


The morning after the first day of the river fire reveals just how devastating the wildfire has been.

Off Mount Olive Road, three miles north of Colfax, burned houses and vehicles are clearly visible.

Embers are still burning in the area.

The wildfire quickly reached 1,000 acres on Wednesday, prompting numerous evacuation orders.

Governor Gavin Newsom commented on the fire on Twitter on Thursday.

“Thanking firefighters and first responders on the front lines for fighting #RiverFire. If you are in the area, please listen to warnings from local authorities and evacuate when requested. Stay safe, ”Newsom wrote.

No updated issue of the fire has yet been released.

The previous day’s updates below:

9:00 p.m.

About 35 to 40 structures, including houses, were destroyed by the fire. Cal Fire said about 4,000 structures are at risk, half of which are in the town of Colfax.

For information on the Placer County evacuation, click here. For more information on Nevada County Education, click here.

7:40 p.m.

The Fire River has expanded to 1,400 acres with containment still at zero. The blaze is affecting Placer and Nevada counties and has resulted in evacuations in several areas. For residents of Nevada County, this website will show which areas are affected by evacuation orders.

7:15 p.m.

Several houses were set on fire as the river fire exploded, although the exact number of damaged structures is unknown at this time.

The town of Colfax remains under evacuation. Several evacuation sites in Placer and Nevada counties have been set up. You can find more information about the evacuation below.

Additionally, the American Red Cross said two overnight shelters will be in place starting at 8 p.m. at Bear River High School at 11130 Magnolia Road in Grass Valley and at Auburn Regional Park at 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. . The temporary evacuation shelter at Auburn Memorial Hall is expected to close soon.

6:00 p.m.

Cal Fire said the size of the Fire River exploded to 1,000 acres. Containment was still at zero.

(credit: Smartsville Fire Protection District)

5:15 p.m.

Firefighters were working to protect the structure as flames from the Fire River jumped from a property line into a backyard and threatened several homes.

The blaze has now reportedly burned 500 acres and was still in zero containment.

4:38 p.m.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said residents who are on an evacuation order can visit the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall at 100 East Street, which is pet-friendly, or the Gold Country Fairgrounds. and Event Center at 209 Fairgate Road in Auburn, which accepts pets until 5:00 p.m.

4:22 p.m.

Bear River High School at 11130 Magnolia Road in Grass Valley is being installed as a temporary evacuation point, Nevada County officials said.

Mandatory evacuation orders now apply to the following areas: Bear River Campground, Milk Ranch Road to Tokyana Road, north of Moorhaven Way from the river to Placer Hills Road, Placer Hills Road east to Bear River and Ben Taylor Road south along Placer Hills Road to Moorhaven Way.

3:54 p.m.

The Nevada County Emergency Services Office announced Wednesday afternoon that the county fairground on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley is accepting pets from residents who are forced to evacuate.

3:43 p.m.

The blaze, now dubbed the River Fire, which affects parts of Placer and Nevada counties, has so far burned 100 acres, according to Cal Fire. Containment was still at zero percent.

2:56 p.m.

An evacuation order was issued from Bear River Campground on both sides of Milk Ranch Road in Tokyana Road due to a fire on Wednesday afternoon.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said it was also sending evacuation warnings to several residents just outside the immediate area.

A large plume of smoke can be seen coming from the area.

No further details of the wildfire have been released at this point.

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“March Against Animal Cruelty” next month Fri, 06 Aug 2021 17:30:51 +0000

The ninth edition of the Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) “Walk Against Cruelty to Animals” is scheduled for late September. Unlike last year, the feet will be back on the ground in person for the 2021 event.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 25 at Eyman Park, located on Eyman Park Drive at Washington Court House. The meeting point for the event will be at the large refuge next to the train. Onsite registration will begin at 10 a.m. while the mile walk will begin at 11 a.m.

“Last year the event was virtual due to COVID, so I anticipate everyone will be excited to come out and participate in person this year,” said Brad Adams, Chief Humanitarian Officer and Director of Outreach of the FRHS. “It is not only an event to raise funds, but also to raise awareness about animal cruelty and how animals can play an important role in public safety.”

FRHS explained via social media, “The March Against Animal Cruelty is your chance to make a difference for abused and neglected animals. Your registration and the money you collect go to fund the Humane Agents, who face animal cruelty every day. Walk against animal cruelty and be an animal champion.

The registration fee is $ 20 per person or $ 80 for a team of five. Registration can be done on-site on the day of the event (cash only) or in advance by visiting the FRHS website, Event t-shirts are limited on a first-come, first-served basis for on-site registrations, while those who wish to guarantee a t-shirt must register by the end of August.

Registration will also be available at the FRHS Downtown Animal Care and Adoption Center, located at 153 S. Main St. in Washington CH, Suite 3.

“I hope we have another successful year with the support and participation of the community. We encourage everyone to bring their dogs to walk with them and have fun, ”Adams said. “Not only is this a fundraising event to help us continue to fight animal cruelty, but it also raises awareness of animal welfare issues. “

After the walk, other activities will take place such as the best dog trick competition, the best dressed dog competition (dogs must be dressed after the walk), the biggest dog competition, the smallest competition dog, raffles and refreshments. The winners of the competition will receive medals. KK’s waffle barn will also offer “Woofy Waffles” on site.

“This will be my first walk against animal cruelty event that I have participated in since joining the FRHS team,” said FRHS deputy officer Johnny Daugherty. “I am excited.”

The sponsorship deadline, in order to have a logo placed on the back of the march t-shirt, is August 20.

Current sponsors include: Whispering Winds Farm, Center Pizza, Campbell Family Practice, The Rusty Keg Tavern, Fayette County Travel and Tourism, Purple Poodle Pet Care, Two Scoops of Sugar, KK’s Waffle Barn, 3C Cab, The House of Garb Custom Printing , and The Good Dog Groomery.

For more information on registering, sponsoring or donating, contact Brad Adams at 740-335-8126 or email him at

The Fayette Regional Humane Society is a voluntary, non-profit (501 (c) (3) organization. It relies on donations, grants and fundraising to carry out its mission. The Humane Society is the only organization in the Fayette County able to answer calls regarding abused, neglected and injured pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about the Fayette Regional Humane Society, please visit their website at www.

Contact reporter Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.

The sponsorship deadline is August 20

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Retired Foreign Officer in Pittsburgh, PA – Money Diary Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:07:00 +0000 Occupation: Retired Foreign Service Officer
Industry: Federal government
Age: 50
Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
My pension: $ 68,616
My husband’s salary: $ 133,026
Net value : $ 3,239,111 ($ 1,366,580 in my 401 (k) and Roth IRA; $ 906,322 in my husband’s 401 (k) and Roth IRA; $ 320,932 in the Vanguard mutual fund (house fund ); $ 564,798 estimated home value; $ 22,664 in audit; $ 55,322 in savings husband is retiring in five years his pension will be about the same as mine We have merged all of our accounts and active when we got married 12 years ago.
Debt: $ 0
My Pension Check (1x / month): $ 4,710.99
Husband’s paycheque (bi-weekly): $ 5,966.28
Pronouns: she she

Monthly expenses
Housing costs : $ 880 savings for annual property taxes. We bought the house for $ 440,000 in 2019 and paid it off in full without a mortgage. I live in our house with my husband, F., our cat and two dogs.
Loans: Nothing. We have a car that we paid for in cash in 2013.
Vanguard Mutual Fund: $ 3,000 (House fund for F.’s retirement. Location to be determined.)
Travel savings: $ 1,000
Utilities: $ 600 to $ 1,000
Donations: $ 550 (Monthly contribution to various local charities / animal rescue. We are increasing this amount by $ 5 each month. Our goal is to reach $ 1000 / month by the time I can access my retirement funds in nine years.)
Husband’s IRA: $ 500
Home / Auto / Personal Property Insurance: $ 213
Long-term care insurance: $ 143
Income tax savings: $ 108 (not automatically deducted from husband’s salary)
Pest control: $ 44
Netflix, Spotify, New York Times, PBS Thirteen, iPhone Storage: $ 41
Violin rental: $ 18
Annual expenses:
The Washington Post: $ 100
Ancestry: $ 199
Atlantic: $ 50
Amazon Prime: $ 119
Drop box: $ 199
Calm Meditation Application: $ 65

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Sandy Hook memorial funds approved, first shovelful of dirt expected next month Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:24:24 +0000 Several proposed projects across the region, including a memorial that would honor the 20 first graders and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, are on the verge of becoming a reality.

The State Bond Commission on Friday approved millions of dollars in funds for three local projects, including more than $ 1 billion for various items across the state.

Newtown executives were planning a first shovelful of dirt for the Sandy Hook Memorial next month. The $ 3.7 million project price will now be 70 percent state funded after Friday’s approval. The five-acre site is designed to include a central water feature, as well as a sycamore tree in the center with the names of the victims engraved on a retaining wall.

“As the parent of a murdered child, I am deeply grateful first to the parents who devoted an extraordinary time to seeing this come to fruition and then to everyone else involved,” said Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose 6 year old girl her daughter, Ana, died in the shooting.

The site’s water feature was designed so that floating candles and other objects surround the tree. There are also various trails and plans for flowers and other plantings.

“The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy should never be forgotten and a memorial will serve as a reminder of how fragile life can be,” State Representative Raghhib Allie-Brennan said in a statement. Working to secure this funding brought back memories of the horror we experienced that day, and I hope the families of the victims – and the survivors of the shooting – are reassured to know that their loved ones will be remembered forever. . “

Margerie reservoir trail

The long-proposed Margerie Reservoir Trail also took a step forward on Friday.

The State Bond Commission has approved a grant of $ 484,000 to fund the creation of a multi-use trail connecting downtown New Fairfield to Peck Road in Danbury.

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Highfill allows remote participation in meetings Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:04:15 +0000

HIGHFILL – Highfill City Council, at its July 13 meeting, allowed remote participation in council meetings, adopted a new zoning map, and rezoned some lots.

The board has passed a three-reading ordinance with a single vote to allow board members to attend meetings virtually by phone, video or live connection with full rights of members present in person as long as arrangements are made for the audience hears the participants from a distance. in accordance with the law on freedom of information. The ordinance states that in-person attendance is preferred, but allows for participation and remote voting when board members cannot attend in person.

Resolutions were also passed to transfer $ 2,348 from the Highfill Water Revenue Fund to the Fire Equipment Fund, adding the June 15 public holiday to the staff manual, opening a separate bank account for state and local tax recovery funds of the coronavirus through the CARES Act (Mayor Michelle Rieff is expected to receive $ 125,000 this month) and amend the city’s budget resolution due to necessary mid-year adjustments.

Orders were passed in three readings changing the zoning of properties owned by Faith, Hope and Grace Properties along Mason Valley Road from rural residence to a planned unit development for single family homes, with an emergency clause, and for Filiberto and Noe Avila along road 264. from rural residential to commercial C-2.

The adoption of a new zoning plan which rectified the city’s zoning plan with all city decrees and updated the city’s zoning plan (excluding changes made at the July 13 meeting) was also adopted by ordinance in three readings with one vote.

Charles Lindley, the new water and sewer supervisor, who will take over the Highfill water and sewer system on August 9, is currently assisted and receiving training from the water and sewer department by Centerton.

The police department received 25 offers for the Chevy Tahoe, with the highest offer being $ 8,500. Blake Webb said the auction winner will pick up the vehicle as early as July 14. He demanded that the money be deposited into the police department’s savings account.

Webb said a party was interested in donating a K-9 to the department. He said the ministry would have to pay to train the officer, but planned for donations of equipment. The bitch is a 2 year old female already trained in tracking and search and rescue. The dog will not be a bite dog but trained in drug detection, tracking and search and rescue.

Chad Bossy asked council questions about grading the city’s roads. The city has received offers for grading services and Ground Zero Construction has offered to grade city roads for $ 550 per linear mile for initial grading and $ 440 for maintenance grading if graded at least two. times a year. It has been estimated that the city has around 34 miles of gravel roads.

Bossy also suggested swapping in the grapple truck and a mower that the city isn’t currently using to help buy a needed trailer. Council member Chris Holland has requested that a list of unused equipment be presented to council next month.

Cassie Elliott spoke to council regarding the expansion of the city’s sewer system to accommodate all of the city’s developments. She suggested expanding the sewerage network in areas where development is underway.

According to Elliott, Tim Mays said a few developments could pay for the necessary upgrades. He said ANRC could be a good source of loan to go forward and then pass the costs on to the developers.

Frank Holzkamper suggested getting a loan from the USDA because it also offers protection against takeover attempts by other cities, like the legal battle Centerton had with Gravette.

Holland suggested a meeting with the water board and developers to come up with suggestions and a plan to expand the city’s water and sewer system.

Mayor Rieff has asked council for direction on what it wants to do to make development possible and where it wants to allow major growth.

The minutes of the June 23 special meeting were not approved due to questions about whether certain items were actually discussed at the meeting.

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Dog park name honors Porterdale K-9 officer credited with helping town rehab Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:34:08 +0000

PORTERDALE, Georgia. – The name of a Porterdale Dog Police legend will greet visitors to the city’s new dog park when it opens this fall.

Porterdale City Council recently voted to name the city’s new dog park near the Yellow River the “K-9 Beau Memorial Dog Park” in honor of the golden retriever who has worked for over half a decade to help police in two cities to catch crime and contraband suspects and locate missing residents.

Beau was the first K-9 officer to serve with the Porterdale Police Department when the town of Varnell donated to him in 2008, The Covington News reported in 2013.

He then served the city for five years after former Porterdale cop Jason Cripps returned from the East Point Police Department to create a K-9 program.

Beau was originally a drug-only dog. However, he worked closely with Cripps on a wide range of events in Porterdale – from serious police work involving drug arrests to community events and public safety presentations.

Cripps, who is now chief of police, noted that Beau had helped arrest and convict numerous suspects who had come to establish the town’s reputation as a “drug haven” in the years following the shutdown. of Porterdale Mill in historic town in the 1970s.

“Beau was an exceptional police dog,” Cripps said.

The work helped give new residents the confidence to come and change its reputation by rehabilitating many historic houses in the old town of the mill.

According to a proclamation that city council approved on Thursday, July 15, Beau was a Porterdale City K-9 officer while working with the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in ‘Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Beau “identified the sum of $ 220,000 in cash which was seized as drug funds, which resulted in the allocation of $ 58,000 to the Porterdale Police Department,” the proclamation reads.

In Porterdale, the K-9 officer “participated in several searches for missing residents, in several anti-drug actions both in the town of Porterdale and with surrounding law enforcement.”

He said Beau also “particularly enjoyed working with the community, actively engaging the public, and participating in Public Safety Days and school events, including Red Ribbon Week events and FFA camp events with the children of the community.

“K-9 Officer Beau has taken pride of place at the annual Porterdale Christmas parades,” he said.

After 10 years of service in two different agencies, Beau retired from law enforcement for a life in the Cripps house before “passing away peacefully on December 28, 2013”.

Jason Cripps said Beau was the inspiration for the nonprofit he and his wife Holly founded and operated called We Ride To Provide.

This is a K-9 officers’ memorial organization that hosts an annual service in Porterdale in honor of fallen police dogs. He also donated first aid kits to K-9 officers around the world, Jason Cripps said.

K-9 Beau Memorial Dog Park is tentatively slated for a grand opening in September near the city’s nature reserve on the banks of the Yellow River, City Manager Frank Etheridge said.

Etheridge said city officials still have work to do at the site, including adding mulch, making sure the grass grows, and adding necessary equipment in a dog park, like trash cans. and dog bag stations.

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Callaway family to cook spay-ghetti dinner for UCAPS Tue, 20 Jul 2021 01:31:59 +0000

On Friday, members of the Callaway family will cook and serve spaghetti plates to benefit the Union County Animal Protection Society. The plates will cost $ 15 each and will be sold at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary of El Dorado from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UCAPS board member Sandy Maguire said the dinner was originally scheduled before COVID as a way to honor late UCAPS board member Pat Callaway.

“Pat Callaway was a member of the board of directors for many years and was elected a life member. We talked about doing something in her memory… She absolutely wanted to sterilize and sterilize. I spoke to the family and brought up the idea of ​​fundraising and ‘spay-ghetti’ was the idea that came out of it, ”Maguire said.

Maguire said the group opted for the drive-through method over a more traditional banquet due to COVID. The meal, according to Maguire, will consist of several homemade dishes.

“The Callaway family is somehow known for cooking… [There are] gardening and cooking skills as a family. I think they got together in the kitchen and experimented with the sauce; it all comes from Pat’s recipe. They decided to do [spaghetti] with or without meat, fresh salad, bun and homemade cookies, ”said Maguire.

Those who wish to purchase a plate can do so in advance online at or by contacting UCAPS or a member of the board of directors.

Thanks to a few recent volunteers, delivery will also be available for orders of four or more plates.

Maguire said funds raised through the event will go to the shelter’s sterilization and sterilization program.

Disseminating information about the resources available through UCAPS for sterilization is one of the organization’s educational goals this year, Maguire said.

Through grants and funding from sources, including an optional donation upon payment of property taxes established by the county quorum court, UCAPS is offering vouchers to help pet owners who are in the area. ‘inability to pay the full cost of sterilization.

Emphasizing the importance of sterilization, Maguire said the cost of not doing so often falls on organizations like UCAPS.

“We picked up a bitch three or four weeks ago that was pregnant and ended up having nine puppies,” Maguire said. “So this dog that we took care of – vaccinated, fed and fed because she was pregnant – that dog turned 10 overnight. The same can happen with kittens; statistics say it can take three years to stabilize a stray cat colony.

Up to 90% of UCAPS’s budget comes from donations and fundraising, Maguire said, forcing the organization to rely on the community to continue its animal care, vaccination and transport practices as well. than sterilization and sterilization.

“Every penny or penny that is given goes to take care of the animals. We probably have over 30 volunteers rotating, but we still have to pay salaries, utilities and vet bills, ”Maguire said.

Between transporting animals for adoption, vet bills, payroll and supplies, Maguire estimated that UCAPS had a budget of around $ 300,000 last year and relied almost entirely on local donations and fundraising for it.

For more information on the Spay-Ghetti fundraiser, call 870-820-3590 or visit

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Nonprofit organization helps MPD raise funds for K-9 officers Mon, 19 Jul 2021 01:30:12 +0000

Madison (WKOW) The Madison Police Department is in the midst of a recruiting campaign. More than a dozen agents have left the department since the start of the pandemic.

The department needs more officers – both two-legged and four-legged.

Kelly Magyera, with Uppercase K9 said: “At the moment we have eight working dogs in the canine unit, and we would still like to grow.”

Capital K9s is a non-profit organization that organizes fundraisers to help the Madison Police Department cover the cost of the animals.

“Buying a dog costs between $ 50 and $ 60,000,” says Magyera, “so it’s all based on donations; it is not funded by the City of Madison. “

Earlier this month, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes told 27 News his department held a recruiting event in June. Since the pandemic, MPD has lost nearly 15 of its human agents.

Chief Barnes said: “When we lose an experienced officer and an officer who has ties to the community, I think it hurts us. We lose that expertise. We lose those community relationships and we have to rebuild them.”

In 2004, the K9 unit became a formal part of MPD. Police say these dogs are appreciated by all members of the department for the services they provide.

“It’s really great to have dogs,” says Constable Eric Disch. “Agent K9 Bowie is certified in the Search Track for Items Search, Narcotics and Apprehension, and Protection of Masters.

Dogs are also used to defuse tense situations. Officers say these dogs are often more powerful than a weapon.

“The mere presence of the dog alone is in the high 90 percentile of people who simply tend to give up on an incident,” says Disch.

The Madison Police Department has seven patrol dogs and a bomb dog. The department is looking to add another K9 agent.

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