Dogs help raise money for Special Olympics

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. – It seems we are continually hearing about how dogs benefit the lives of people. Now, you can add another positive effect of dogs on humans, the ability to send Special Olympics athletes to their competitions.

On Saturday, the 4th Annual Dogs on Dumont was held to raise money for Allen County Special Olympics. In addition to the entrance fees for dogs to compete in the dog show, a silent auction helped contribute to a total of $1,000 raised. The organizer of the event, Special Olympics coach Melissa Turner, said the idea for Dogs on Dumont came about because of both her love for dogs and her commitment to the Special Olympics.  She said the event, which was planned for three years before the first one was actually held, helps send more than 50 athletes to the Olympics annually. And organizers are already planning next year’s Dogs on Dumont.

In addition to the dog show, K-9 police officers demonstrated their skills in apprehending criminals. Two new K-9 police puppies, which have yet to receive names, were introduced to the community.