The public can watch Aik, the police dog, in action during the Atascadero Police Department’s K-9s in the Park on Saturday.
The event, held at Atascadero Lake Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is designed to raise awareness about Atascadero’s police dogs and the donation-based program it takes to pay for them.
Police are hoping to raise $25,000 by the end of the year to purchase a successor to Aik, a German shepherd who will retire.
A police dog costs up to $10,000 plus an additional $14,000 for training and care, said Cpl. John Taylor, the department’s K-9 coordinator.
Police are getting a second police dog this summer because an officer with the Guadalupe Police Department will begin working for the department and bring his K-9 with him.
K-9s in the Park is being held in conjunction with the community’s Children’s Day in the Park event in which families are invited to a day of free entertainment and informational booths on local service organizations and businesses catering to parents. A $5 wristband gets kids into the carnival for games and activities.
Atascadero Lake Park is off Highway 41 and Portola Road.