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K-9 contests open to public

SEBRING The United States Police Canine Association’s Region I Certification and Field Trials will be held from May 20-24 in Highlands County. The public is invited to watch the competition where officer/canine teams from Florida and South Georgia will participate. The Highlands County Sheriff’s office is hosting the event. The sheriff’s office’s Lt. Jim McGann, supervisor of its canine unit, said he was pleased to have the event in Highlands County. “We are relatively new members of the USPCA so we are honored to be selected to host this competition. The support we are receiving from Highlands County businesses is overwhelming. We are anxious to show the public what all these highly trained teams can do.”
While competition headquarters will be the Chateau Elan Hotel, individual events will take place at various locations through the county per the schedule below. All events begin at 8 a.m. Monday, May 20; Obedience and Agility;softball complex on MLK Tuesday, May 21; Box Searches and Articles; softball complex on MLK Tuesday, May 21;Detector Dogs – Vehicles; Sebring Raceway and Airport Wednesday, May 22; Apprehension without Gunfire; Softball Complex on MLK Wednesday, May 22; Detector Dogs Inside Rooms; Sebring Raceway and Airport Thursday, May 23;Apprehension with Gunfire; Softball Complex on MLK “The highlight of the week will be a public display featuring all competitors at their finest!,” states a news release. This event will take place at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Sebring High School football stadium. More details will be released closer to the event, the news release adds. The week concludes with an invitation-only awards luncheon on May 24 at the Chateau Elan. All events, including the public display, are free and open to the public.