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The Space Coast K-9 Competition is scheduled for Nov. 19 at the USSSA

Space Coast Stadium.

Furry friends of the Cocoa Police Department will show off their skills Nov. 19 at the Space Coast Police K-9 Competition.

In collaboration with the Brevard Kennel Club, the CPD is looking forward to kicking off the 2022 holiday season with hounds and happiness for the whole family.

Head on over to the USSSA Space Coast Stadium in Viera for this free event open to the public.

At the event, working dogs for the law enforcement and military, as well as some civilian-trained dogs, will compete for the titles of Hardest Hitting and Fastest Dog.

The Space Coast K-9 Competition will also feature presentations from Brevard law enforcement, door prizes, and food and beverages for purchase.

According to the event’s website, the competition is a “fundraiser benefiting the Space Coast Police K-9 Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting police K-9 programs and police officers throughout Brevard County and surrounding areas.”

Without the support of their sponsors, including the Brevard Kennel Club as well as Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes Benz of Melbourne, this event could not be free to the public.

The Space Coast Police K-9 Competition took shape in 2018 when Dan Rhoades, a local K-9 officer who regularly competed at a K-9 competition in Boynton Beach, wanted to bring the fun home to the Space Coast.

Yvonne Martinez, who worked with Rhoades and other Cocoa Police officers to get his idea off the ground, serves as the event coordinator.

“Dan had a vision of bringing that here to Brevard,” she said.

K-9 Bear and Officer Rhoades even went on to win first place in the second episode of A&E’s television program, America’s Top Dog.

After hosting the event at Cocoa High School in 2018 and 2019, it was clear that the competition was a huge hit among Brevard County residents.

Martinez recounted the great success of the event.

“The second year we did it at Cocoa High, it was packed. A lot of people wanted to come see the competition, so we decided in 2021 to partner with USSSA Space Coast Stadium,” she said.

This year’s event will be held at the stadium, too, giving Brevard’s dog lovers and law enforcement supporters plenty of room to enjoy the show and promote the cute and clever K-9 companions.