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Zeke nominated for national dog hero award; Project Paws Alive donates vests for city police dogs

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Harrisburg police K-9 Zeke has been nominated for The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Zeke, a Harrisburg police dog, was shot by a fleeing crime suspect in Lower Paxton Twp. Following a chase, police shot and killed Skyler Stewart.

The annual national competition, according to the website, recognizes America’s hero dogs. Dogs can be nominated in one of eight categories – law enforcement and arson dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, military dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, hearing dogs and emerging hero dogs.

Zeke was nominated in the law enforcement category.

Finalists in each category will be selected by the public via online voting, and following the announcement of the eight finalists, the public and a special blue-ribbon celebrity judging panel will have the chance to name the top American Hero Dog of 2013.

Every finalist will be presented with an award ad $1,500 for a selected charity partner. In addition, one finalist will be named the winning American Hero Dog for 2013, securing an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

Zeke’s charity partner is Project Paws Alive, a national nonprofit headquartered in Georgia, that has secured new, custom-made bullet and stab proof vets for Zeke and the three other Harrisburg police dogs as well as the Lower Allen Township dog, Rocco.

Karen Caprio of Project Paws Alive said her organization was alerted to Zeke’s situation the day it happened.

Project Paws Alive’s purpose, she said, is to provide law enforcement and military K-9s with K-9 ballistic vests, K-9 cooling vests, K-9 trauma kits, and K-9 vehicle heat alarms and to also provide Fire/EMS first responders with pet oxygen mask kits.

The K-9 protective vests are bullet and stab proof.Provided photo

Caprio said Project Paws Alive is donating K-9 ballistic vests (bullet and stab proof) and trauma kits to Harrisburg’s four dogs and one to Lower Allen Township’s K-9, Rocco.

Caprio said the vests are custom-made to fit each dog.

“We believe law enforcement K-9s deserve the same protection as their human partners so we’ve elected to go with the best vests as chosen by our law enforcement board of directors. As such the custom vests are $1,400 each,” Caprio said.

The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit, Caprio said, can handle everything in the field from a snake bite to a gunshot wound. Each kit is $350 and each K-9 will get their own kit.

Caprio said she contacted Zeke’s handler, Cpl. Ty Meik, and learned that vests used in Harrisburg were “ill-fitting hand-me-downs.”

Project Paws decided to get the new equipment and began selling K-9 Zeke Hero plush dogs to help raise money for the K-9 team.

Caprio said Nye’s Landscape & Mulch Sales of Harrisburg volunteered to pay for two of the vests while Nestle Purina of Harrisburg helped to pay for the other two.

“People from all over the country donated to fund the remaining vest and trauma kits and by the end of the week $9,000 worth of K-9 equipment had been paid for,” Caprio said. And, sales of the  Zeke Hero dogs have raised a little more than $1,000 in cash that will go to the Harrisburg K-9 unit.

PPA_Logo_rgb_72dpiVoting for the Hero Dog Award ends July 30. Vote for Zeke online.

First K-9 in 2013 dies from heat exhaustion. PPA responds with K-9 Heat Alarms for Police K-9 Unit Vehicles

K-9 Heat Alarms for Police K-9 Unit Vehicles

229794_557163484306280_489732980_nDue to overwhelming equipment requests in light of the recent K-9 deaths from overheating/heat stroke, Project Paws Alive is now adding K-9 Heat Alarms to our list of law enforcement K-9 equipment.

Every year dogs die from being left in unattended and overheated vehicles. Police vehicles typically leave the car’s AC running if they are not in the vehicle with their K-9. These K-9s dutifully protect their communities and handlers without hesitation and do it happily. But what happens if the AC starts to push out hot air? What happens if the engine shuts off? The horrific reality is that the vehicle will overheat rapidly and the K-9 will be trapped inside with no way to get out. Tragically, K-9s die from these heat-stroke related accidents every year.

Due to budget cuts in departments everywhere, police K-9s are going without life-saving equipment including vehicle Heat Alarms.

What if you could prevent this and help save a K-9s life or prevent K-9 heat stroke?

You can!  Project Paws Alive has created a nationwide K-9 Heat Alarm Fund to provide law enforcement K-9 Units with K-9 Heat Alarm systems for agencies that cannot afford to purchase the equipment for their K-9 vehicles.

Depending on the make, model, and year of the vehicle each unit runs $1200 – $1500 which includes shipping to the agency/officer.

The K-9 Heat Alarm units are the best available professional units on the market which monitor and alert high heat vehicle cabin temperatures AND include a door-popper system which will enable to K-9 to exit the vehicle automatically in the event the officer is unable to respond in time. This system not only makes automatic corrective actions to the heat, it audibly and visually alerts everyone nearby. As a last measure, the system will open the vehicle door allowing the K-9 to exit. From beginning to end the officer is alerted via horns, sirens, lights and digital transmitters worn on their person. The unit also includes a cold temp alert should the vehicle temp drop below a set degree for year-round K-9 protection.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the K-9 Heat Alarm Fund for Law Enforcement K-9 Units please use the PayPal button below.

Checks may also be mailed to Project Paws Alive Inc., 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please include “Heat Alarm” in the memo line.

Does it really work? Yes!  Watch this recent news coverage with a K-9 Officer showing how the system works and why all K-9 Units need these.

Alarm helps keep police dogs safe

Detail specs: The unit monitors vital components including temperature sensors and vehicle battery voltage. The information is shown on a 32-character backlit alphanumeric display. If an alarm condition is detected, the unit will activate a S.O.S. Horn Honk signal, siren and light-bar activation and dual window drop. The K9 Door Popper® releases your K-9 partner from the vehicle to be by your side in an emergency situation. A special Door Pop Stopper™ feature disables the K9 Door Popper® when the vehicle is in gear. The systems come complete with Door Popper Remote, external antenna, wiring, and assorted hardware. Software based features allow for future upgrades.

Detail K9 Heat Alarm Components:

  • S.O.S Horn Honk™ Feature- “makes the vehicle horn sound like no other”.
  • S.P.S Safety Pop Stopper™ Feature- This extremely important feature protects your canine by preventing door activation when the vehicle is in motion.
  • Exclusive Fast Pop™ Feature- Door pop/unlock timing sequence “The fastest door pop/unlock sequence in the industry!”
  • Door Pop/Unlock sequence is triggered at the press of One Button, no need to press one button to unlock the door and another to unlatch the door as with other door opening units.
  • Siren Activation
  • Light Bar Activation
  • Dual Window Drop Module
  • Dual Remote Temperature Sensors with extended 15′ cables – Place sensors where you want!
  • The most accurate K9 Temperature Sensors on the market with accuracy better than 0.5° F Dual real-time resolution 0.1° F
  • Temperature alarm threshold is easy to adjust.
  • Dual Purpose Alert, Monitors Hot & Cold with Exclusive Ak9 Cold Alert™
  • Full alphanumeric LCD display- Comprehensive status reports with easy setup.
  • Modular design allows options to be added to fit your specifications or as budget allows.
  • Non-volatile memory for temperature alarm setting- Temperature alarm setting is permanent until user reprograms.
  • Monitors and displays vehicle battery voltage- sets off alarm before battery failure.
  • Complete self-diagnostics of both control head and temperature sensors – Warns if problem with one temperature sensor and sets off alarm if both sensors fail!
  • Long range digital transmitter with holster – easy to carry, wear, or conceal.
  • External antenna kit.
  • Gas spring fully extends and holds door open for safe canine release.

*Heat Alarm units/manufacturers selected and used by law enforcement K-9 Unit may change from what is listed above at the discretion of each agency based on vehicle type.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to the K-9 Heat Alarm Fund for Law Enforcement K-9 Units using the PayPal button above.

Checks may also be mailed to Project Paws Alive Inc.,
1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017.
Please include “Heat Alarm” in the memo line.
We will mail you back a tax-deductible receipt.

If you would like to sponsor a K-9 Heat Alarm please contact us
by using the “Contact” tab above.

Please help us in preventing accidental law enforcement K-9 vehicle heat exhaustion deaths.