Hot Dog System Keeps Police K-9s Cool

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

Police K-9s have to work even on the dog days of summer. The Hot Dog system keeps those dogs safe from dangerous heat.

Albemarle County Officer Bill Saulle has been with the K-9 unit since 2003. His partner is Drake, a bomb-sniffing dog.

Saulle says, "When it's this hot, I do a bunch of things differently. The first thing, I won't take him out the car like I would on a cooler day to just do a routine search."

But hot or not, these two could get called to a scene at any time. As a precaution, Saulle’s cruiser is equipped with the Hot Dog system. It's a computer system that monitors the temperature inside. If it gets above 80 in his car, the horn sounds, the lights flash, and the windows roll down.

Saulle says it, "Buys me some time to get back to the vehicle and make sure he's ok and either get it running again or get him out of the car; whatever has to be done."

Saulle keeps his car around 60 degrees.

"I'd just leave them at home; it heats up way too quickly and it could be potentially deadly to the dog," Saulle says.

All Albemarle County and Charlottesville K-9 cruisers are equipped with the Hot Dog system as a precaution.

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