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Kansas K-9 units to receive life-saving gear

Media Contact: Emily Ehrhorn: 202-779-1814; eehrhorn@humanesociety.org

The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Humane Society Legislative Fund of Kansas and a Leawood, Kansas family, are donating dozens of life-saving car heat alarms and K-9 ballistic vests to more than 40 police departments across the state of Kansas. The donations are part of a relationship built through the HSUS’ Humane State program, which is a three-year commitment from the group to provide training, guidance and resources to Kansas law enforcement agencies, animal control agencies, animal shelters and rescue organizations.

The car alarms are internal temperature monitors used in a police canine vehicle to monitor vital components, alerting the canine’s officer handler if a specific alarm condition is detected. The ballistic vests, each custom tailored to the K-9 unit’s working dog, provide a life-saving shield for all dogs in service, minimizing the potential for death or injury should the dog be involved in an incident where a weapon is discharged.

According to Master Trainer Chad McCluskey from Kansas Police Dog Association, “To date 16 canines have been reported as being killed in the line of duty. There are more than 40 active K-9 unit members in KPDA, with many more K-9 teams deployed across the State of Kansas – such as those associated with agencies such as the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Topeka Police Department.”

Midge Grinstead, Kansas senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, says “We’re excited to work together to create a safer way for Kansas K-9 officers to be able to do their job and keep their dogs and community safe. Offering these vests and car alarms not only protect the dogs but the human officers as well.” 

Grinstead is a Kansas native with family roots in law enforcement in the state. She and a team of volunteers will deliver the equipment this spring.

Locations to receive vests and alarms

Atchison County Sheriff’s Office
Andover Police Department
Beloit Police Department
Bourbon County Sheriff's Office
Butler County Sheriff's Office
Chanute Police Department
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Clay County Sheriff's Office
Coffey County Sheriff's Office
Coffeyville Police Department
Colby Police Department
Comanche County Sheriff's Office
Doniphan County Sheriff's Office
El Dorado Police Department
Ellsworth County Sheriff's Office
Ford County Sheriff's Office
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Greenwood County Sheriff's Office       
Harper County Sheriff’s Office
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Kansas Department of Corrections - El Dorado
Kansas Department of Corrections - Hutchinson
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Labette County Sheriff's Office
Liberal Police Department
Lyon County Sheriff's Office
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
McPherson County Sheriff’s Office
Mitchell County Sheriff's Office
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Neodesha Police Department
Newton Police Department
North Kansas City, MO Police Department
Onaga Police Department
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office
Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office
Republic County Sheriff's Office
Rossville Police Department
Sedan Police Department
Spring Hill Police Department
Topeka Police Department
USD 375 Circle School District Police
USD 490 El Dorado School District Police
Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Office
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Wellington Police Department
Wichita Police Department
Wilson County Sheriff's Office
Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office

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