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Operation K-9 raises money for the dogs

Superior Police K-9 Marik is rewarded with play by Officer Eastman while demonstrating agility during last year's Operation K-9. Courtesy of St. Louis County

Over the last year, law enforcement K-9s in the region helped apprehend armed suspects wanted for serious crimes, found missing and vulnerable citizens, and sniffed out critical evidence that has led to convictions on charges including burglary, assault and drug dealing.

Now the public can see the dogs in action 4:30-7:30 p.m. June 7 at AMSOIL Center in Superior, 1101 Susquehanna Ave.

K-9 teams from Duluth, Hermantown and Superior, and the St. Louis County and Douglas County sheriff's offices join forces to demonstrate their abilities as part of the fifth annual Operation K-9. This year's event will be the largest to date, with 14 K-9 teams planning to participate. Operation K-9 is presented by the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation, and will be held rain or shine.

Operation K-9 features demonstrations and the opportunity to meet the dogs from the agencies supported by the foundation. There will also be law enforcement vehicles and equipment to tour, plus other family-friendly activities.

The event is free and open to the public, however donations are encouraged. Food and beverages and K-9 souvenirs will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the K-9 Foundation. There will also be a silent auction.