Acing the heat: local K9’s receive alarm system

K9 Kayos

K9 Kayos

K9 Kayos and K9 Boris of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office are the latest law enforcement canines to receive an AceWatchDog heat alarm system, with a total value of $2,000.

In Georgia, heat indexes can reach over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. If the outside temperature is 80 degrees, within 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can reach 104 degrees. Protection is crucial for four-legged officers.

The K9 vehicle is their office, and if a handler is in court testifying or taking care of other business that does not require his/her canine partner, the officer can now feel comfortable knowing they have a heat alarm system to avoid any heat related illnesses or worse yet, death.

K9 Kayos, a seven-year-old Belgium Malinois and K9 Boris, a two-year-old Dutch Shepherd, serve and protect the citizens of Burke County. They love family time and meeting the people in the community; however, these K9s all-time favorite activity is playing the game at work as patrol and narcotics canines. K9 Kayos and K9 Boris absolutely love their jobs, an April 25 press release stated.

The AceWatchDog heat alarm is a temperature monitoring system used in K9 vehicles that sends out SOS alerts if the inside temperature of the vehicle rises past a certain degree which is still regarded as safe, yet approaching unsafe conditions possibly due to air conditioner failure. The system will automatically activate a horn honk, siren, light-bar activation, while simultaneously rolling down both back windows, notifying anyone around.

Georgia Police K9 Foundation (GPK9F) is an allvolunteer 501(c)3 non-profit, which helps raise awareness within the State and local communities of the infinite contributions made by police K9s and how they make communities safe. The nonprofit’s goal is to protect Georgia’s four legged officers by providing them with safety equipment, such as, bullet-proof vests, heat alarm systems, and Naloxone (Narcan Kits) in the event a K9 is directly exposed to any opioids during a search and seizure. Once a K9 has retired, the handler will adopt their K9 partner and best friend.

In the absence of state or local retirement benefits for the K9s, GPK9F helps provide retirement support, including food and medical care, for the retired law enforcement K9s, who have unconditionally served their communities for years.

To date, the Georgia Police K9 Foundation has assisted over 1,000 K9s in the State of Georgia by providing necessities like: 137K9 Protection Vests, 60Heat Alarms, 40+ Narcan Kits, 25+ First Aid Kits, assisted 100+ Retired K9s, and provided 200+ Training equipment and seminars/ trainings to numerous K9 teams across the state.

More information about the foundation and how to donate is available at GPK9F.org.

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