LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officer Steve Farmer has been a K-9 handler for five years. “November 8th of this year will be two years for him.” During the summer– he and his partner Brix aren’t just fighting crime– they’re fighting the heat as well.
“Our number one goal is to make sure that the dog has been hydrated properly.”
Back in 2015 – Farmer says his K-9 partner died due to heat related stress. “It was an unfortunate circumstance and for our department, the first time that ever happened.’ Now, he says the department is stepping up its measures, to prevent another tragedy. “If the temperature in the car would reach more than 85 degrees the alarm will be activated.” Along with keeping a trunk full of cooling supplies – for dehydration. “Probably the most valuable tool I’ve had since then has been this,” he says. “Eventually it’s nothing more than a cooler but it’s an insulated one.”
With seven canines patrolling the streets on any given day, farmer hopes the new measures – will keep his K-9 partner safe. “I’ve taken lots of coursework to diminish something like that from happening again.”
Now, Farmer says the department has one cooling vest donated by a local business. He says they may start fundraising to make sure every K-9 officer has a vest.