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Town of Oro Valley K-9 Unit

Oro Valley K9 Unit

Northwest Pet Clinic is proud to be the official veterinarian of the Oro Valley Police Department K-9 Unit. This group of dogs is responsible for assisting in police searches for narcotics, people, and bombs. All 3 of the Unit’s dogs, Canine Lara, Canine Bruno, and Canine Emerson, receive their medical care at Northwest Pet Clinic.

Canine Lara joined OVPD in May 2011. Lara is a female Belgian Malinois who was purchased with grant funds donated by the National Rifle Association. Lara was imported from Holland and received her training and certification, along with her handler, in Texas. Lara is trained in explosive detection. She and her handler are active members of the Pima Regional Bomb Squad, a multi-agency partnership. Canine Lara is handled by Lead Police Officer Marvin.

Canine Bruno joined OVPD in September 2013. Bruno is male Belgian Malinois imported from Czechoslovakia. Bruno is trained and nationally certified in patrol tactics and narcotics detection. Canine Bruno is handled by Officer Reynolds.

Canine Emerson joined OVPD in May 2011. Emerson is a male Belgian Malinois who comes to OVPD via Mexico. Emerson is a dual purpose canine trained in patrol tactics and narcotic detection. Emerson is also nationally certified in narcotics detection. Canine Emerson is handled by Officer Peterson.

Our clinic is honored to do our part to help protect the community of Oro Valley by making sure that the K-9 squad is in good health and is able to perform at its best.

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Pima Paws for Life

Pima Paws for Life

Pima Paws For Life is in desperate need of financial donations! To donate for medical expenses, click here.  Your donations are appreciated!


Pima Paws For Life is a non-profit organization that began as an idea born out of necessity: reduce the needless deaths of animals in Pima County.

Unfortunately, approximately 12,000 animals are dying in local shelters in Pima County every year. To help them with their mission, we have partnered up with Pima Paws For Life to help them treat their sick animals.

Three days a week, our doctors treat animals with upper respiratory infections, ear infections, wounds, and other health problems. We give them the treatments and medications needed to restore their health. Our doctors also schedule follow-ups with each affected animal to make sure that they are responding to their treatments.

One of the most rewarding parts of working with Pima Paws For Life is the ability to help facilitate in the adoption process. After their health conditions have been treated, these animals can be adopted into loving “forever homes”. Not only does Pima Paws for Life save the lives of many animals, it helps these animals find loving, stable homes and families.

Learn more about Pima Paws for Life by visiting their website: Pima Paws for Life

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