The Greenfield Police Department received a grant to pay for specialized equipment to keep its comfort dog safe in his cruiser.
Greenfield Police have Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog to thank for keeping Officer Donut and many other Massachusetts Police dogs safe and comfortable.
Greenfield Police Lieutenant William Gordon told 22News Officer Donut, the new Greenfield police comfort dog, used to ride in the rear seat of the cruiser, with no protection from an accident or the fluctuating temperatures.
Enter Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, a nonprofit that provides safety equipment to law enforcement programs across the state.
Now Officer Donut, a young saint bernard, rides in a climate-controlled, high-grade aluminum kennel.
A typical police cruiser does not include climate control in the rear, which is why a Cool K9 System was also installed to provide air conditioning in the kennel.
“Saint Bernards are really susceptible to heat, so we have to really be careful and make sure that they stay cool through the summertime,” said Lieutenant Gordon.
The Coolguard Plus system comes with a display monitor and temperature sensors inside the cruiser. This system will monitor the heat and set off an alarm, lower the windows and turn the fan off, if the heat gets too hot.
Gordon told 22News, in the event that it gets dangerously hot, the cruiser’s rear door will automatically open allowing for a quick escape.