Trap shoot to support K-9 Unit

ALBANY -- For anyone who enjoys trap shooting, Saturday is the day to meet and shoot for a good cause.

Good shooters can win a Winchester 243 deer rifle with scope and support the Dougherty County Police Department K-9 Unit at the same time at a benefit trap shoot at the Flint River Skeet & Trap Club.

"The K-9 Unit dogs aren't funded by Dougherty County," said Ralph Harkins, of the South Georgia Resource Group, a sponsor of the event. "This is a chance to have some fun and raise money for the K-9 Unit."

The first shots are schedule to be fired at 9 a.m. at the club's site on Lily Pond Road, approximately 1.2 miles east of Newton Road.

The event will also have a barbecue lunch, which is included in the $50 contest entry fee.

Whether shooting in the contest or not, people are invited to watch the contest and enjoy lunch for $10.

"The money will go 100 percent directly to the K-9 Unit," Harkins said. "The dogs do a good job and deserve support."

The dogs, Goliath and Dome', have shown their value by finding an Alzheimer's patient who wandered away from her home, tracking armed robbers and finding discarded evidence, such as a handgun.

"This is our main fundraiser. It costs about $1,000 to $2,000 for a dog each year," said police Cpl. Robert James, Goliath's crimefighting partner. "Most of the food and (dogs) health-care costs are donated. That could stop. It is also the unforeseen costs that could come up that we have to prepare for."