Shaggy Dog Cycling Ride raises money for Reading Police K9 Unit

Cyclists from around Berks took to the trails for the first Shaggy Dog ride to support the Friends of the Reading Police K-9 Unit. Hosted by Oakbrook Brewery in Reading, 67 cyclists rode from the brew pub up to Lake Ontelaunee and back.

In addition to the benefit ride, friends and families and the community were invited out to watch a special demonstration by the Reading Police K9 Unit. Wearing a “bite suit” Reading Police Officers Joshua Faust walked out into the field adjacent to the brewery to show off K9 Cody’s stills apprehending suspects.

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Reading Police Officers Joshua Faust and John Hutchinson talk to a small group about the K9 unit.

Officer Faust also demonstrated K9 Trooper’s ability to search for explosives. Trash buckets were placed along the field for Trooper to search and find the bag of explosives. After a few minutes, Trooper quickly sat in front of the third bucket indicating he found the bag.

Riders received a commemorative Oakbrook Brewing Shaggy Dog 32oz. growler. Cosponsored by the Oakbrook Brewing Co. / JB’s Bike Shop Club – Team, cyclists were offered three distances up to a 42 mile ride. Overall, $3,100 was raised for the Friends of the Reading K9 Unit.

Officer Joshua Faust leads K9 Trooper through a drill to find explosives.

If your in the mood for another ride, Kyle Neuheimer, owner of Oakbrook Brewery says they are planning another ride scheduled for September 24th, again benefiting the Friends of the Reading Police K9 Unit. Titled the “Goonies Ride” based after the movie, Neuheimer says it will be more of a family friendly ride with a showing of the movie afterwards.

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