West Boylston – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced it has received a $2,000 grant award by Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, providing two over-heat detector/alarm systems to the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. The heat alarm systems are equipped to send an alert should the interior temperature of a vehicle exceed a pre-set limit, notifying the K-9 handler via a beeper on their duty belt as the vehicle windows roll down. Safety measures including a window fan, light bar and car horn are also activated during the alert. WCSO Officers Derek Peck & Peter Campo along with their K-9 partners Jaxx & Molly are the recipients of the two new heat safety alarm systems.

WCSO, Officer Derek Peck with his K-9 Partner Jaxx along with MA Vest-a-Dog Representative Priscilla Hansen  (Submitted photo)

WCSO, Officer Derek Peck with his K-9 Partner Jaxx along with MA Vest-a-Dog Representative Priscilla Hansen (Submitted photo)

“When a dog suffers heatstroke, he/she can experience horrible distress. The internal organ damage can be career-ending and is usually fatal. We’ve provided 12 of these systems, to help ensure K-9 safety during hot days,” explains Kathy Hinds, President, MA Vest-a-Dog.

“Hearing about canines dying from heat stroke while in the line of duty is an unacceptable tragedy. We are very appreciative of the Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog Organization for their generous donation of two heat alarm detector systems for our K-9 cruisers to help keep our hardworking dogs safe.” Said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2000 supporting Massachusetts police dogs, by helping provide ballistic K9 vests, essential K9 equipment, training & dogs.
To learn more: www.mavestadog.org.