Doggie Paramedics

January 20, 2011

They put their lives on the line to help protect us. Problem is there's not much that can be done immediately to help them should these law enforcement officers get hurt. My TV 20's Dave Leval shows us the area's first "doggie paramedics.

Dan Traylor and "Lefty" have been partners with the Canton Police
Department for seven years. They patrol town in their squad car. The two may be partners, but, in a lot of ways, they're also best friends.

"A lot of times, people don't understand about canines is they're our dogs at home, but, they're our dogs at work. Sometimes, there's nothing better than being able to reach back up into the cage, and give him a little pat on the head. This makes everything a little better."

Neither has been wounded on the job. You might think it's easier to treat the human, rather than the animal. Not necessarily. It's thanks to these K-9 Emergency Packs. Each one contains pretty much everthing Canton's K-9 officers need to help their partners should they get hurt or sick on patrol. The officers basically become "doggie paramedics."

This four-legged friend is going under the knife at Canton's All-sayger
Animal Care Clinic. Employees here are the ones who would treat the police dogs. That's why operators donated two of the emergency packs to Canton Police.

"There are situations where our police officers are in a situation where their animals are injured, or maybe exposed to a toxin, where they can't get to our facility immediately."

Dr. Judi Fly-Shacker trained Canton's K-9 officers on medical procedures, and does the same thing for other law enforcement agencies around the state. Which is a good thing for Canton's other K-9 Police Officer.

"Our dogs are put in the same situations as a SWAT Officer, or Narcotics Officer during a raid. They don't have an acutal paramedic team that handles dogs."

But "Lefty," has the next best thing, so does "Poncho," THEIR best
friends. In Canton, Dave Leval, My TV 20 News at 10.

Each kits would have cost the police department about $300. That's money officers tell us they don't have right now to spend.

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