Haynes donates kits for WPD K-9s

Published 2:03pm Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Wetumpka Police Department’s K-9 teams have new equipment at their disposal. Earlier this week Haynes Ambulance donated canine first aid kits to be stowed in the K-9 vehicles for handy access.

Dale Grimes, Haynes manager, said the idea occurred to him when hearing officers talking about a recent educational course they attended.

“The K-9 officers took a class on treating their canines if they should be injured,” he said. “We started talking about it and I put together the kits.”

Grimes said the first aid packs contain materials needed to treat overheating, gunshot wounds, overexposure to narcotics and other possible ailments.

“It has treatments for just about anything the dogs might come in contact with,” he said.

Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon said the kits are a welcome addition to K-9 unit equipment.

“We really appreciate these,” she said. “We are always glad to have anything that can help us. Being able to take care of the dogs is like being prepared to take care of any of our officers.”

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