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By KEVIN KOELLING
CANNELTON – Cannelton police dog Erik has a new best friend – a device that will help ensure his patrol vehicle doesn’t get too hot while he waits for his human.
Cannelton Patrolman and canine handler Micah Jackson said he could be away from his vehicle while working a call, and his drug-detecting companion can be left inside. It’s not unusual for a police car’s air conditioning to stop working, the officer explained.
If it does, the $1,000 Heat Alarm Pro from Ace K-9 of Jupiter, Fla., would open windows slightly, turn on a fan, flash lights, sound the siren and send a signal to a pager if the car interior gets too hot. It will also alert the officer if the interior temperature gets too cold in the winter, he said.
Jim Carter, president of the Humane Society of Perry County, said Monday after Jackson identified a need for the device about a month ago, the group’s board of directors opted to purchase the alarm before hot weather sets in.
To replenish a fund used to pay for it, they’ll raffle a hall chair hand-made by Charlie Fall.
Raffle tickets were to be distributed to a variety of area businesses and can also be obtained by calling Kathy Kleeman at 719-1984.
Carter said when he learned of the request, he checked with the Tell City Police Department and learned their canine officer’s vehicle is already equipped with a similar device.
Jackson said he hopes to have the alarm installed in his patrol vehicle by May 1.