K9 Ryder awarded overdose and trauma kit

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A Blackfoot Police Department K9 has been awarded a Naloxone/Narcan overdose kit and trauma kit. 

K9 Ryder, a Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix, and Officer Chad Braswell received the kit by K9s of Valor.

The Naloxone overdose kit comes with a NarCase which will allow Officer Braswell to carry it on his duty belt ready to go. This kit will reverse the effects of an overdose due to exposure from dangerous drugs such as fentanyl, and the trauma kit will treat major traumatic injuries until they can reach an emergency veterinarian hospital. 

If you would like to donate to sponsor a K-9 unit in need, go HERE.

https://www.localnews8.com/news/blackfoot/blackfoot-police-department-k9-awardednaloxone-overdose-kit/704243986

K9s of Valor offers $500 reward for return of missing K9

UNIVERSAL CITY - A non-profit that works with law enforcement K9 officers is asking the public for help finding a K9 officer that was last seen in the Universal City area.

According to K9s of Valor, K9 Warrant, who works for the City Live Oak disappeared early Sunday morning in the Universal City area.

The brindle colored Dutch Shepard is 2 years old and weighs approximately 70 pounds. 

"Please be on the look out and pray K9 Warrant is located safe," K9s of Valor said in a Facebook post.

A representative for K9s of Valor said the group will pay a $500 reward for the safe return of K9 Warrant.

Those who have seen Warrant are asked to call the Live Oak Police Department at 210-653-0033.

UPDATE: Live Oak Police Department's missing K9 has been found!

https://www.ksat.com/news/authorities-looking-for-police-k9-last-seen-in-universal-city-area

Facing death row, pit bull becomes police dog

Jasper the pit bull was running out of chances. He arrived at the Prince William County animal shelter about six months ago, an injured stray possibly hit by a car. He recovered and got adopted – twice. Each time, his new owners returned him.

“Unfortunately, he's one of those dogs that's just fantastic, but he's also kind of challenging,” said Jill Gregory, center manager for the Prince William Humane Society, which works with county animal control to pull pets from the shelter and help get them adopted.

Gregory said she went to the shelter for her weekly pull, where a staff member took her aside and told her about Jasper, a pit bull mix who’s about 2 years old.

“She said there’s this dog, he’s been in and out, we think he’s been hit by a car, he’s really high energy,” Gregory said.

She took him to the humane society's facility in Dumfries, where the organization opened a storefront for pet adoptions last year.

There, animal care workers found Jasper intelligent, loyal and driven, particularly when it came to a ball. But he was “extreme high energy” and frustrated.

After an accidental bite with an animal-care worker, it looked like Jasper’s time had run out.

“We were really hoping we’d be able to do more for him, but we ended up having the same issues,” Gregory said. “We were kind of at our wit’s end.”

That’s when Prince William Humane Society president Lori Leary reached out to Nick White, who owns Off-Leash K9 Training. White’s team performed two evaluations with Jasper and saw big potential.

“They said ‘We could do so much with this dog. He could be a police dog,’” Gregory said. “I’m just here thinking he’s an awesome dog, so smart. But in this environment, there’s not much more to do but look cute and hope someone takes them home.”

White contacted the Throw Away Dogs Project, which specializes in “repurposing, training and relocating unique dogs to positively impact our communities.” The Pennsylvania-based nonprofit took Jasper on and trained him to be a drug detection dog.

He and his new handler, Kennard police Deputy Chief Don Crabtree, are learning their new roles together and experiencing a lot of firsts. Jasper is Crabtree’s first police canine, as well as a first for the small town police force. And while Jasper is trained to sniff out cocaine, heroin, meth and ecstasy, he’s still undergoing training for certification in Indiana, where he is believed to be the state’s first pit bull police dog.

“What he’s waiting for is for me to catch up to him,” Crabtree said.

In the meantime, the new partners have already established a strong bond, and Jasper seems to love life with a job to do.

Crabtree admits he didn’t know what to expect when he first met Jasper.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get him home and he was going to wreak havoc,” he said. “I’ve never owned a pit bull, but I wouldn’t trade him in for any other breed. You can look in his eyes and see the love there. We’re definitely bonded. This guy won’t let me do anything alone.”

Jasper has received a big welcome in Kennard, a smaller community with no budget for a drug-detection dog, but – like many communities – struggling with a drug problem. Crabtree is paying Jasper’s expenses out of his own pocket for now.

The newest member of the force has a following on Kennard’s Facebook page, and even his own Instagram account (instagram.com/k9.jasper)

“The number one goal is to make the community safe,” Crabtree said. “The type of place were people can go home and leave the front door unlocked. With the community’s help, we can make that happen. Jasper fits right in to that plan.”

Picture is K9 Jasper with his Narcan overdose kit donated by K9s of Valor

https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/facing-death-row-pit-bull-becomes-police-dog/article_22b47046-d4ea-11e8-bbd3-d77ecc873d3f.html


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NPD K-9 Smokey receives overdose reversal kit

It started when the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office offered a training session to help track down criminals, attended by several K-9 officers.

In late September, a K-9 officer who went to a training session held by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office brought up a nonprofit organization called K9s of Valor and its program to donate Narcan kits. After learning about this, the Newton Police Department sought out K9s of Valor and was able to get a kit for its K-9 Smokey.

“Due to the narcotic aspect of Smokey’s work, he is at a higher risk of exposure to these drugs. Smokey is much safer on patrol because of the Naloxone kit,” said Newton Police Officer Zach Walker, Smokey’s handler. “Newton Police Department is very grateful to K9s of Valor.”

K9s of Valor provides Naloxone and trauma kits for K-9s with no cost to law enforcement agencies. Their purpose is to donate the equipment necessary to keep K-9 officers and their dogs as safe as possible.

One of the dangers of the job is exposure to carfentanyl and fentanyl, reportedly the most recent increasing epidemic in drug use. Exposure to a very small amount of these drugs can be fatal. These effects can be reversed by the drug Naloxone.

“It is becoming more commonplace for law enforcement officers to carry Naloxone on their person in case they are exposed,” Walker said.

Smokey was chosen by the NPD in late 2015. The dog came from a training facility called Midwest K9 in central Iowa.

During the following months, Walker and Smokey had four weeks of K-9 training through Midwest K9 together. They also did some fundraising within Newton to help their K-9 program.

“Smokey and I have been working on patrol since May 2016,” Walker said.

Smokey’s main job with the NPD involves tracking and narcotics. He is deployed on vehicles that have been stopped on a traffic stop, where he can sniff and detect the odor narcotics such as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

“If Smokey can detect the odor of a narcotic from the outside of a vehicle, it can be searched,” Walker said.

Smokey is also responsible for tracking suspects on the run by picking up their scent. This is used mainly for suspects who flee from police officers, as well as with missing people or children.

“Smokey is a benefit to the department, increasing the efficiency of tracking persons and locating illegal narcotics,” Walker said.



https://www.newtondailynews.com/2019/01/02/npd-k-9-smokey-receives-overdose-reversal-kit/a8b7l55/

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Clackamas Sheriff's K9 recovers from heroin exposure, receives new Narcan kit

A donated Narcan kit for K9s came in handy after a Clackamas County Sheriff's drug-detection dog ran afoul of some contraband in the local jail.

The kit saved K9 Abbie’s life after she ingested some heroin during a jail cell search. She started showing symptoms like rapid head shaking, excessive saliva, and rapid blinking.

Fortunately, K9 Grimm’s handler, Deputy McGlothin, had a Narcan kid specifically for dogs. He brought it to the jail.

K9 Abbie has since made a full recovery, and is already back at work.

Both Abbie and Grimm now each have their own kit after the group “K9s of Valor” donated Narcan kits to their handler officers.

https://katu.com/news/local/clackamas-sheriffs-k9-recovers-from-heroin-exposure-receives-new-narcan-kit

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Officer Uses K9s of Valor Narcan Kit on K9

A K9 officer in Oregon was administered an overdose reversal drug after she was exposed to heroin. 

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says that at approximately 7:30 p.m. on August 7th, K9 Abbie and handler Deputy Eliseo Ramos were conducting a search for contraband at the Clackamas County Jail. The dog alerted on smuggled heroin on top of a hygiene container under a table.

However, during the search, the sheriff's office says that the container spilled over and Abbie was exposed to the heroin. Abbie began exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including excessive saliva, rapid head shaking, and rapid blinking.

K9 Grimm's handler, Deputy McGlothin, reportedly was able to deliver a special Narcan kit for the dogs to the Jail to administer nasally to K9 Abbie. The Narcan successfully stabilized Abbie and she was transported to the VCA Animal Hospital for treatment. She was held for observation overnight and released the next morning.

See more about the incident below.

http://www.fox35orlando.com/fast-five/k9-exposed-to-heroin-in-jail-is-administered-narcan

Narcan and Trauma Kit Donated

 

POINT PLEASANT — Its been said a dog’s nose, knows. For K9s, those noses can get into some dangerous situations.

This is why Jerry, a K9 with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, was recently awarded a Naloxone/Narcan overdose reversal kit and trauma kit by the group K9s of Valor.

K9s of Valor, located in Texas, is an all volunteer, 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide life saving and essential equipment such as K-9 trauma kits, Narcan overdose reversal kits and Hot-N-Pop vehicle heat alarms to help keep police dogs throughout the country safe.

Mason County Sheriff’s Department K9 Officer, Deputy Justin Veith, heard about the program through a fellow deputy in Brook County. The Narcan and trauma kits were free of charge to the department and Jerry.

Veith said it makes sense to have the Narcan kit for Jerry, as he is an officer with the department. Human deputies in the department now carry Narcan as well, should it be needed for accidental exposure to powerful opioids or to assist saving a civilian’s life.

“Obviously, his (Jerry’s) nose is better than our’s,” Veith pointed out, adding Jerry uses that nose to do his job; his job that entails sniffing out narcotics which makes him vulnerable to exposure.

These days, coming into contact with heroin or fentanyl can be deadly without the opioid reversing medication, Naloxone found in Jerry’s kit from K9s of Valor.

“A K9 is another police officer,” Sheriff Greg Powers said about the value the department places on the animals. “They are a tool we use for fighting drugs. We don’t want to lose a K9 partner because of a drug overdose.”

Drug overdoses have become an all too common sight, not only for EMS personnel but now law enforcement. Powers reported Veith recently had to use Narcan on an unresponsive passenger in a vehicle along U.S. 35 to revive the person, possibly saving their life.

Now four years old, Jerry is equipped with a bulletproof and stab-proof vest (also raised with donations to the department) as he works the county with Veith. The trauma kit will come in handy should Jerry ever get wounded and Veith need to apply first aid until he can receive vet care.

In addition to finding all manner of drugs on people, in packages and in hidden compartments in vehicles, Jerry also tracks and can do take downs of suspects. Jerry is a four-legged crime deterrent tool, Veith said. Suspects often become cooperative when it comes to giving up alleged drugs before the dog begins its search of a vehicle. Also, suspects hiding from law enforcement often will give themselves up if they know the dog is about to be turned loose to locate them.

One of Jerry’s more recent, bigger busts was assisting the Mason Police Department in finding 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Jerry and Veith often assist other departments and can visit clubs and organizations to give demonstrations on how Jerry works, as do the other K9 officers with the department which include Deputy Ferrell and Lt. Troy Stewart. Jerry’s even attended a Halloween party at Petland of Gallipolis, Ohio which donates dog food to the K9. Like his human counterparts, he’s become well known in the community he serves.

Once off duty, Jerry goes home with Veith and becomes the family pet but now, thanks to the Narcan and trauma kits, he has a better chance of making it home each night.

POINT PLEASANT — Its been said a dog’s nose, knows. For K9s, those noses can get into some dangerous situations.

This is why Jerry, a K9 with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, was recently awarded a Naloxone/Narcan overdose reversal kit and trauma kit by the group K9s of Valor.

K9s of Valor, located in Texas, is an all volunteer, 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide life saving and essential equipment such as K-9 trauma kits, Narcan overdose reversal kits and Hot-N-Pop vehicle heat alarms to help keep police dogs throughout the country safe.

Mason County Sheriff’s Department K9 Officer, Deputy Justin Veith, heard about the program through a fellow deputy in Brook County. The Narcan and trauma kits were free of charge to the department and Jerry.

Veith said it makes sense to have the Narcan kit for Jerry, as he is an officer with the department. Human deputies in the department now carry Narcan as well, should it be needed for accidental exposure to powerful opioids or to assist saving a civilian’s life.

“Obviously, his (Jerry’s) nose is better than our’s,” Veith pointed out, adding Jerry uses that nose to do his job; his job that entails sniffing out narcotics which makes him vulnerable to exposure.

These days, coming into contact with heroin or fentanyl can be deadly without the opioid reversing medication, Naloxone found in Jerry’s kit from K9s of Valor.

“A K9 is another police officer,” Sheriff Greg Powers said about the value the department places on the animals. “They are a tool we use for fighting drugs. We don’t want to lose a K9 partner because of a drug overdose.”

Drug overdoses have become an all too common sight, not only for EMS personnel but now law enforcement. Powers reported Veith recently had to use Narcan on an unresponsive passenger in a vehicle along U.S. 35 to revive the person, possibly saving their life.

Now four years old, Jerry is equipped with a bulletproof and stab-proof vest (also raised with donations to the department) as he works the county with Veith. The trauma kit will come in handy should Jerry ever get wounded and Veith need to apply first aid until he can receive vet care.

In addition to finding all manner of drugs on people, in packages and in hidden compartments in vehicles, Jerry also tracks and can do take downs of suspects. Jerry is a four-legged crime deterrent tool, Veith said. Suspects often become cooperative when it comes to giving up alleged drugs before the dog begins its search of a vehicle. Also, suspects hiding from law enforcement often will give themselves up if they know the dog is about to be turned loose to locate them.

One of Jerry’s more recent, bigger busts was assisting the Mason Police Department in finding 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Jerry and Veith often assist other departments and can visit clubs and organizations to give demonstrations on how Jerry works, as do the other K9 officers with the department which include Deputy Ferrell and Lt. Troy Stewart. Jerry’s even attended a Halloween party at Petland of Gallipolis, Ohio which donates dog food to the K9. Like his human counterparts, he’s become well known in the community he serves.

Once off duty, Jerry goes home with Veith and becomes the family pet but now, thanks to the Narcan and trauma kits, he has a better chance of making it home each night.

 

 

ttp://www.mydailyregister.com/news/27146/protecting-all-the-officers-k9-trauma-narcan-overdose-reversal-kits-provided

Arkansas K9s receive lifesaving Narcan kits

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

As the opioid and heroin epidemic continues to grip the country, it's not just officers who need to be careful when they come in contact with drugs. Their K9 partners can suffer from an overdose as well. 

The national nonprofit, K9s of Valor, hosted a Giving Tuesday campaign to provide life-saving medication to K9's across the country. 

The Paragould Police Department will benefit from that, receiving Narcan overdose kits for their two K9 officers. 

Those kits have the same drug in them that are used to prevent overdoses in humans. 

The dogs can experience overdoses just like humans, by coming in contact with or inhaling too much of a narcotic. 

"K9s, especially working interdiction on highways or specifically narcotic investigations, they desperately need those," said Lt. Scott Snyder with the Paragould Police Department. "They're a tool, they're our partners same as our human partners are and we want to do everything we can to keep them alive and keep them safe."

The Narcan kits should be in sometime next week. 

A vet will then train Paragould's two K9 handlers to administer the drug to the dogs. 

The kits cost about $70 each. 

The Pocahontas Police Department also recently found out that their K9 officer, Raiden, will be getting both an overdose kit and a trauma kit. 

A generous donor in Colorado paid the $120 bill for that. 

 

http://www.kait8.com/story/36957067/life-saving-overdose-kits-provided-for-k9-officers