Q: Is there a movement to prevent police dog overheating deaths?

March 28, 2009 | By jerrie y. | 1 answer | Expired: 2492 days ago

Is there a movement to prevent police dog overheating deaths?

I was reminded of this problem after reading of the San Diego dog that was stabbed-later in the article it was mentioned that 2 dogs had died there of overheating in patrol cars. I know there is a device that can help prevent this-I had heard of it years ago as there was a fundraiser in Texas to supply these to k9 officers. These wonderful dogs must not die this way, and think of the officers coming back to their cars to find their beloved partners dead! I wish I could remember more about the device and fundraising efforts. Does anyone know? It is unfathomable to me that this is not more widely known and talked about. Of all the animals needing our help, these hero dogs who are trained to risk their lives helping us are surely among the most deserving! I have not got a lot of money to help with this, but look what happended when everyone pulled together to help Barron humane reach the 8th in the nation! I think we ought to be able to do something!

Readers' Answers (1)
Kim S.

Mar 29, 2009

Yes, there is. Unfortunately, it only comes about after a K9 officer dies. Several years ago, a Pasco County Sheriff's K9 died when the patrol care he was in overheated and the AC cut off. What a heartbreaking event. At the time, we lived next door to the cemetery where the funeral service was held. What a send-off! K9 units and officers from all over Florida came and there was a gun salute. Needless to say, however, the handler and his family were heartbroken. This dog was their friend, part of their family. And that's how it is with all of them. They bond with the officer in order to cement the need to protect him. Recently, I read that there is an item called a heat alarm that will alert the officer/driver when the car gets too hot, also it battery voltage gets low, etc. Hopefully, this will prevent future K9 deaths.

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