'Project Pets Alive' is currently conducting a fundraising effort dedicated to providing the Linton Police Department K-9 Unit with some vital equipment.
Project Pets Alive is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving the lives of police K-9s and domestic pets.
Currently, the organization is working to provide the LPD unit with K-9 oxygen recovery mask kits, K-9 field trauma kits and K-9 overdose kits.
The Linton Police Department has two K-9 teams who are certified in narcotics, tracking, area search, building search, article search, obedience, and aggression.
Luke and Charlie, both German Shepherds, are the two Linton Police Department K-9s and are partnered with Officers Michael Watts and Thomas Jerrells, respectively.
Should something happen to one or both of the K-9s while local veterinary clinics are closed, the officers would have to drive about 45 minutes to the nearest 24 hour vet.
"Anything that we can get to help the budget and the safety of our dogs and Officers is always positive" commented Chief Troy Jerrell of the Linton Police Department. "Equipment that could aid in training the dogs, as well as protection for them and their handlers are things that we need most."
The Oxygen Mask Kits to be donated are high end kits that come with three different size masks that can be used on animals like dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds, ferrets, rabbits, and more.
These oxygen mask kits have multiple uses including dyspnea and can be used on both conscious pets and unconscious pets who have been exposed to smoke or other dangerous toxic fumes.
In case a K-9 were to ingest narcotics, the professional overdose kits will be available, and the Field Trauma kits could serve as first aid for police K-9s who have been inflicted with many different types of injury.
Food for the dogs has already been provided from Project Pets Alive, according to Chief Jerrell.
Those wishing to donate to this cause can visit projectpawsalive.org or can mail checks to the address also available on their website. All donations are tax deductible and receipts are provided.