Dog Paddle raises money for K9 officers

MADISON (WKOW) — Pool time ends Labor Day weekend…. but only for people.

On Sunday, Goodman Pool in Madison was turned over to the dogs.

Organizers say the Dog Paddle and Dog Wash partnership with the city has been going on more than a decade. The parks department drains the pool and refills it for the dogs to play together.

The annual end-of-season event raises money for Capital K9’s, a non profit organization that supports Madison Police Department’s K9 unit.

“It goes towards the purchase of the dogs, the special training that they get, equipment they wear, the food they eat, the veterinary care and the specially-equipped cars that they ride along in to do their work,” said Capital K9s board president Julie Tessmer.

All the money raised goes to pay for care and equipment for the police dogs. Organizers say it’s also a great opportunity for civilian dogs to get a day of exercise and interaction.

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