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UC Davis Veterinary Hospital to Sponsor Doggy Dash 5K to Benefit Wounded K-9 Officers

September 1, 2016

K-9 Officers Peydro and Charlie will be available to meet at the Doggy Dash 5K.

K-9 Officers Peydro and Charlie will be available to meet at the Doggy Dash 5K.

The UC Davis veterinary hospital will sponsor the Doggy Dash 5K road race as part of the Golden Valley Harriers’ Labor Day Races. The event—to be held at 7:30 a.m. in Davis’ Central Park on September 5, 2016—will provide an opportunity for both serious and recreational road racers to run a 5K with their dog. Participants are also welcome to walk the 5K with their dog.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Faithful Partner Fund at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. The fund was established in 2015 with matching donations from both UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine and Police Department to assist with the medical costs of treating K-9 officers, as well as search and rescue dogs, wounded or injured in the line of duty. The UC Davis veterinary hospital has a long history of caring for K-9 officers, having treated more than 70 police dogs in the past five years, and offering free annual teeth and eye examinations for K-9s.

Dr. Michael Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, along with his wife Donna, will be running the Doggy Dash. Dr. and Mrs. Lairmore have issued a challenge to all runners that they contribute $5 to the Faithful Partner Fund for every runner in the race who beats them.

Joining UC Davis in Central Park at the race will be Woodland Police Department K-9 Officer Peydro, who recently benefitted from the Faithful Partner Fund. On May 28, Officer Peydro was critically injured when he was struck by a car while pursuing a suspect. He suffered extensive damage to his vertebrae, as well as damage to his teeth and jaw. Pins were placed in his lower back during a 4-hour surgery performed by UC Davis veterinary neurosurgeons. Thanks to the hospital’s dedicated team, Officer Peydro was able to walk out of the hospital only nine days later. He continues to get stronger through rehabilitation treatments with the hospital.

Also available for participants to meet will be UC Davis Police Department K-9 Officer Charlie, a 4-year-old black Labrador mix, who can detect numerous types of explosives and also locate evidence left behind at crime scenes. Officer Charlie assists the UC Davis Police Department at large campus and dignitary events to enhance security. He also supports the Yolo County Bomb Squad as needed. Joining Officer Charlie will be Woodland Police Department K-9 Officer Chase. Both dogs will perform a K-9 demonstration in the park at 9:45am.

Featured events in Central Park on Labor Day will include:
•    UC Davis veterinarians and students answering animal health questions and providing animal care tips
•    UC Davis veterinary hospital information booth with children’s activities and games, as well as many free giveaways
•    Health and fitness expo with several other animal and health-related vendor booths

In addition to the Doggy Dash, the Labor Day Races will feature a 5K (8:30 a.m.), 10K (8:30 a.m.) and a Kids Fun Run (10:30 a.m. – free for kids 12 and under). Participants will receive discounted registration before August 1. For more information and to register for the races, please go to:

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