Aiken County Sheriff’s Office

Project Paws Alive has kicked-off a fundraising effort to provide vital protective equipment for the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit in South Carolina. The equipment goal for the unit consists of K9 Ballistic vests, K9 first aid field trauma kits, K9 Narcan kits, military grade K9 cooling vests, oxygen recovery mask kits, and state of the art K9 vehicle monitoring and alert systems.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s K9 Unit consists of 8 K9s along with their officer handlers. This fundraiser is for K9 Ripa and K9 Lannes. The K9s specialize in narcotics, tracking, detection, and patrol work. During K9 Lannes’ 3 years on duty he has seized over 100 pounds of drugs including cocaine, meth, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, and LSD. He has also seized 21 illegal guns. K9 Ripa has only been on the team since March 2019 but she has already made a huge impact seizing over 11 pounds of drugs including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana as well as 8 guns, and over $2200 in US currency.

Now these four-legged officers need the same level of protective equipment their human partners have to keep them safe while on duty.

The K9 ballistic protective vests are bullet and stab resistant containing level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection which exceeds the current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) regulations. These vests are cut from the same Kevlar bulletproof cloth as their human partners, covering all the vital organs. These vests help protect the K9s from gun shots, stabbings, and other blunt force trauma such as being kicked, punched, or beaten with a weapon or other dangerous object while on duty. These protective vests are a vital piece of equipment to protect law enforcement K9s.

Each K9 body armor vest donated by Project Paws Alive is custom sized per K9 and manufactured using the latest technology and materials in order to fit the body shape and size of each K9 officer. The vests are designed so that the K9s can wear the vests the entire time that they are working with their assigned handlers. They offer outstanding ballistic protection with ease of movement, breathe-ability and cooling comfort in a rigorously field-tested vest. They are the lightest-weight K9 vests currently available.

The Tactical K9 First Aid Field Trauma Kit with Combat Gauze is a military-grade kit designed for use by Law Enforcement and Military K9 Units. This kit contains specific supplies needed to treat the K9 for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to snake bites. The kit provides the necessary tools to address the major traumatic injuries common to K9’s operating in the law enforcement environment as well as common K9 emergencies such as heat injury and toxic ingestion.

K9 teams face substantial risks on a daily basis. These dogs have been punched, stabbed, poisoned and shot by fleeing suspects. Those who work in Search & Rescue, Apprehension and Explosive Detection teams have an increased risk of injury due to extreme conditions, poisoning, or explosion. Tracking teams that spend hours in the woods and remote areas do not have access to immediately available emergency care.

While emergency care is often readily available to the handler, the same cannot be said of their canine partner. Equipping them with a K9 tactical first aid trauma kit for use in the field can make a huge difference. Distribution of these kits will give the handlers the means to do just that. In addition, everything in the kit can also be used to treat and/or the save the life of a human.

K9 NARCAN kits will stop an accidental overdose should a K9 come in contact with an opioid on duty. K9s are just the latest victims in a growing opioid epidemic that has spread across the United States. K9 units searching for illicit drugs are often exposed to lethal amounts of opioids, including Fentanyl. The frightening strength of some of these drugs, particularly Fentanyl, present a new danger to K9s.

NARCAN is a drug designed to immediately reverse the effects of opioids like Heroin, Fentanyl and Carfentanil by blocking the body’s opiate receptors. NARCAN reverses overdoses with few side effects. It has long been used by doctors and ambulance crews. A NARCAN dose can successfully stabilize a K9 at the scene, who can then be transported to an animal hospital for further treatment and observation.

Fentanyl is so lethal that a tiny amount the size of a grain of rice can kill a K9 or human.

Our K9 NARCAN kit includes two separate nasal spray doses and a NARCAN carry pouch which can be worn on the K9 Handlers duty belt or vest to ensure constant and immediate access when needed. Two doses are included because reports have shown that usually more than one dose is required to be administered to K9s.

The specialized carry pouches are made of rugged nylon that sheds moisture. The interior is poly insulation which provides protection from extreme temperature to protect the NARCAN from the weather and elements to ensure the NARCAN is at full strength.

The ACE K9 vehicle systems are designed to monitor, detect, and protect the K9s at all times even when the handler is away from the vehicle. Our maximum level system package is comprised of a Hot n’Pop Pro System, Ace Watchdog Smart Phone technology package, No K9 Left behind alert system, and engine stall, carbon, smoke, and fire detection.

The units monitor and alert on vital components including temperature, vehicle battery voltage, engine stall, and include a door-popper system. This system not only makes automatic corrective actions to the heat such as opening windows and turning on fans, it audibly and visually alerts everyone nearby. As a last measure, the system will open the vehicle door allowing the K9 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 K9 protection.

Systems also include the “No K9 Left Behind” feature which is exclusive to Ace K9 systems and provides an end of shift system monitor which will alert and continue to alert until the door to the K9 has been fully opened to release the K9 and the officer has acknowledged the release of the K9. Thus providing yet another layer of safety to protect against distractions and other instances where a K9 may be accidentally left in a vehicle at the end of shift.

The AceWatchDog application is a another feature of the system that allows 24/7 live system monitoring on smartphones and enables multiple resources such as other handlers and supervisors to monitor the system and receive notifications via their phone to ensure peace of mind that the K9 is safe. The system has unlimited monitoring range through the internet to anywhere in the world. This application allows K9 Units to receive warning notifications before the danger and alarms happen so they can take action to ensure the K9 is safe.

For full details on all the K9 equipment items included in this fundraiser please visit our equipment web page at https://projectpawsalive.org/the-equipment/.

Most Law Enforcement K9 Units do not have the budget to purchase these life-saving pieces of equipment. Most units are funded solely by donations.

Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor today and help protect the K9s that protect you.

The goal is to raise $8,800 to provide this vital equipment.

All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible.

 

To make a secure online donation in any amount please click the PayPal DONATE button below or click HERE.

To sponsor or pay for specific equipment items in full, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the donation button for that item.

Please contact us with any questions at Admin@ProjectPawsAlive.org




CHECKS CAN BE MAILED TO:

PROJECT PAWS ALIVE
1193 SE PORT SAINT LUCIE BLVD.
SUITE 289
PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34952

Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive and include “Aiken SOK9” in the memo line.

 

 

 


SPONSOR A K9 ITEM

To pay for a specific K9 equipment item please click the donation link below.

*Sponsoring a Ballistic Vest or First Aid Kit entitles you to include a short embroidered message on the item such as your business name or honor text. Upon payment we will contact you with further details.

**Payment links below include a 3% PayPal transaction fee. To avoid the 3% fee please mail a check to the address above.

K9 ITEM Quantity Needed Cost Per Item Donation Link
Vehicle Hot N’ Pop Pro System 1 $3,605 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=FVK32EYTHPLNY&source=url
Ballistic Vest 2 $1,442 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4BXFZUENV9366&source=url
Cooling Vests 2 $258 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RAABD2MXHT92A&source=url
First Aid Kit 2 $360 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=79G8V5TLLSA82&source=url
O2 Kits 2 $155 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Z8Z595XWJFRGA&source=url
Narcan kits 2 $165 https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8QRXFVXMA59TY&source=url
Donate Any Amount https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LHPR9FE9DZPZA&source=url

 

About: Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a nationwide 501c3 nonprofit that is 100% volunteer run. Our mission is to provide protective K9 equipment to underfunded law enforcement, fire, rescue and military K9 units throughout the United States. http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

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Media Coverage:

WJBF6 TV Video: https://www.wjbf.com/csra-news/project-paws-alive-raises-money-for-aiken-county-sheriffs-office-k-9-unit/

WFXG54 TV Video: https://www.wfxg.com/2019/12/04/fundraiser-aiken-county-k-units-underway/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About: Community lead fundraisers are independently run volunteer events.

Please contact Karin Burgher-Annecchino at kbannecchino@gmail.com with any questions on this fundraiser.