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PROJECT: HEAT ALARMS FOR K-9 POLICE CARS

NetPlaces Network Staff - June 2022 Update

 

Left in hot cars, dogs die quicker than humans but you and your dog club can prevent their agonizing deaths in dog show vehicles or your car.

 

Summers are getting unusually HOT and police may be busier than usual with crowd control or protecting citizens. Compounding the problem, dogs seldom cry out as their body temperature soars.

 

The canine fights death silently as he tries to escape. Failing, his veins collapse, he goes into seizure and finally, mercifully, passes out and dies.

 

Surely his last thoughts are of his beloved owner, the person he would give his life for - and too often, he does, because he begged to go with you.

 

Among the worst statistics are show dogs and police dogs. In July 2016 the air conditioning unit went off and 14 dogs died in a handler’s van at the South Bend Indiana dog show. Last year, more than a dozen police dogs died from heat stroke while officers were busy saving human lives. There are no statistics for family pets "along for the ride."

 

TheDogPlace,org wants to help dogs and your local law enforcement. Winter is a societal “cooling off” period but this summer may see even more riots and only law enforcement stands between you and mob violence.

 

Here’s what you can do. First, understand how quickly a dog can die when trapped in a vehicle and why heat kills dogs quicker than humans. We sweat all over and perspiration helps cool the body. Your dog can only sweat through his mouth and tongue, less than 5% of his body surface.  Here's what happens in a hot car...

 

Even if left running "for just a minute" your car overheats and the engine shuts down. Some police cars are equipped with alarms that go off when the vehicle reaches dangerous temperatures but not nearly enough canine units are equipped and YOU can help!  Many county and city police departments are struggling to get temperature alarms installed.

 

Solution. Organize a donation drive to help purchase squad car heat-alert systems. At present, the cost is roughly $1,100 per unit, installed.

 

If the manufacturers received free NetPlaces Network coverage and promotion as part of a national movement to honor the police and their canine partners and if dog clubs join the Heat Alarms For K-9 Police Project together we can do this! Ask your local breed Kennel Club, Obedience Training Club, or national Breed Parent Club to take part in this heat-alarm project for local sheriffs and police departments.

 

Tell your club officers that you'll do your part by taking advantage of bulk pricing and buy heat-alarms for your motor home or dog van through the club.

 

Here’s the bottom line on temperature AND the top of the thermometer!

 

 

If the outside temperature is over 70 degrees on a sunny day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to over 110 degrees in less than 30 minutes... higher and quicker if the air conditioning was running and the windows were closed. Picture it.

 

The American Kennel Club supports this initiative for breed and kennel clubs.  “K-9 officers play a valuable role in helping keep our society safe. This fundraiser is a great way for any organization to get involved in their community by helping their human officers keep them safe in times of extreme temperatures.” Brandi Hunter,  Vice President, Public Relations and Communications.

 

Present this to your club members at the next meeting. If they approve a bulk purchase or a funding drive for local law enforcement, let us know and we’ll add it to a list of caring dog clubs that support this Project!

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