UPDATE: AS OF 10PM on 3/19/2013 K-9 ZEKE’s VEST HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED WITHIN 48 HOURS! PROJECT PAWS ALIVE HAS NOW BEEN ASKED TO PROVIDE K-9 FIELD TRAUMA KITS TO K-9 ZEKE AND THE OTHER 4 K-9s ON ZEKE’s PD K-9 UNIT. A SEPARATE DONATION CAMPAIGN WILL BE POSTED FOR THIS REQUEST.
Project Paws Alive has started a fundraiser for K-9 Zeke, the Harrisburg police K-9 who was shot Friday while assisting with a call in Lower Paxton Township, and is now on his way home to recover from surgery to remove a bullet in his neck.
Zeke, a two-and-a-half year old Belgian Malinois and the newest addition to Harrisburg’s K-9 unit, was flown to a veterinary hospital in Mechanicsburg on Friday after being shot in the neck during a police call.
The suspect opened fire and hit Zeke in the neck. After the suspect shot the dog, Chardo said the suspect refused to drop his weapon and was then shot and killed by police.
Zeke lost a lot of blood because of his injury, so fluids were used to stabilize him until his surgery Saturday morning. Dr. Mark Meyerhoff of the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center operated on Zeke, spending more than two hours trying to repair the gunshot damage to his neck. Zeke won’t be able to return to work for at least a month. Zeke was released this morning to recover at home with his handler.
Full story can be read here: http://www.abc27.com/story/21655941/police-on-scene-at-police-involved-shooting-in-dauphin-county
K-9 Zeke however needs a new protective vest. Zeke had been using the old vest of his predecessor K-9 Zeus, however the vest did not fit properly as K-9 Zeke is smaller than K-9 Zeus, and K-9 protective vests only have a 5-6 year lifespan as recommended by the manufacturers. Project Paws Alive is stepping in to assist K-9 Zeke and his handler Ty get a new protective K-9 vest and K-9 trauma kit. The new K-9 vest will be custom fitted to K-9 Zeke’s measurements and will be both bullet and stab-proof, meeting the NIJ 06 requirements and will be level IIA ballistic/ level III spike protection providing the highest level of protection in a light-weight body armor vest.
The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is the most complete and versatile professional K-9 first aid kit available and is military grade. The K-9 Tactical Field Kit is designed to enable handlers to provide lifesaving treatment to injured canines at the point of injury or when veterinary care is not immediately available. This kit and its contents are compact, durable and allow reliable and versatile interventions wherever the need arises. The kit provides the necessary tools to address the major traumatic injuries common to K-9’s operating in the military and law enforcement environment as well as common K-9 emergencies such as bloat, heat injury, and toxic ingestion. The kit will enable the handler to address everything from a snake bite to a gunshot wound.
You may donate directly on the Project Paws Alive website: http://projectpawsalive.org/donate/ .
All donations are securely handled by PayPal.
Checks can also be mailed to Project Paws Alive, 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive.
Project Paws Alive Inc. is a Georgia non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based, and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement, military, and first responder agencies throughout the US. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment. Our mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide stab & bullet proof protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement and military K-9s.
To donate or obtain more information about our organization please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org