|Published:||Oct 18, 2012 11:44 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 18, 2012 11:54 PM EDT|
PUNTA GORDA, Fl. - One hundred police officers and their canines faced off in the national K9 trial competition.
All week long, canine teams from across the country were in Punta Gorda, training for real-life crime scenarios. Thursday night, they showed those skills off to the public.
The Charlotte Sports Park turned into an obstacle course where the dogs jumped hurdles, chased down suspects, found hidden objects and climbed up ladders.
"Some dogs are not able to do that and these dogs actually go through this training and hard work to actually be able to do this stuff," says 11-year-old, Taylor Casagranea.
"They're the first police officer in, they do what they're told and what they're trained to do with no fear whatsoever," says Ray Hubbert.
The winning canine team was from the Lakeland Police Department.
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