MOSES LAKE — The Columbia Basin K-9s will host a festival in October at McCosh Park to gather funds to construct a kennel that will house K-9s from Grant and Adams counties.
According to Columbia Basin K-9s volunteer Jocelyn Paluch, the non-profit organization is looking to build a kennel that can accommodate the four-legged crime dogs while maintaining safety and security. Along with the kennel, an obstacle course will be constructed, which will be used to train the K-9s. Currently, handlers from different law enforcement agencies in Grant and Adams counties must travel to Spokane to train at an obstacle course.
“(The kennel) is a safe place for them to be when they’re not with their handlers,” Paluch said. “When they’re training, right now, the K-9s have to stay in the vehicles. They’re all alphas, you can’t let a whole bunch of K-9s loose at the same time to train. They have to be in a secure place for everybody’s safety. If they have a facility like the one in Spokane, they can keep the dogs in the kennels and let them out one at a time.”
Per mandated requirements in Washington state, K-9 handlers must train with their dog for a minimum of 16 hours each month through the life of the dog. The Columbia Basin K-9s includes dogs from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Moses Lake Police Department. There are seven K-9s within the two counties, with the new addition of K-9 Rex, from the MLPD, who went on patrol back in June.
Paluch said the kennel will cost approximately $165,000 with donations, however, the estimate did not include labor costs. The non-profit organization maintains if they have to contract out and bid the project, the six-figure price could grow to more than $300,000. The kennel will be climate controlled.
Along with a meeting area, the kennel will also incorporate bathing facilities to wash the dogs. Current handlers wash their dogs at home.
The Super Hero Fun Run & Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival begins with a human 5k and 10k race, and a human and dog 2.1k race. Activities include demonstrations from law enforcement K-9s, competitions, merchants and a food truck.
Registration is at www.mlrec.com or by going into the Moses Lake Parks and Recreation office located at 411 S. Balsam. Cost is $30 per person or $75 for families. For more information, call 509-290-5096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.