ANTIOCH -- A pet supply store here is raising funds this weekend to buy safety equipment for police dogs.

Pet Food Express will host its sixth annual Cover Your K-9 event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at all its stores, including the one at 5829 Lone Tree Way in Antioch.

The business will donate all the proceeds from its $15 dog washes to Cover Your K-9, a project of the Police and Working K-9 Foundation.

The Woodside-based nonprofit uses donations to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs, car heat alarms and "stat packs" -- wallet-size first-aid kits that contain specialized pads an officer can use to stop bleeding if his four-legged partner in injured on the job. Money also goes toward emergency medical care for retired dogs.

Antioch Police Department's canines will make guest appearances during the weekend and demonstrate how they take a bite out of crime.

-- Rowena Coetsee