KANSAS CITY – Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day, and that includes the four-legged variety, too.
In an effort to provide the best possible medical treatment to the brave K-9s who serve beside their human partners, the Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association (KCMTOA) is teaming up with BluePearl Veterinary Partners for a course on how to provide emergency care in the field for police service dogs.
- Members of the media are invited to observe and take photos/video as K-9s and their handlers conduct tactical exercises and practice techniques such as bandaging and inserting IVs. These activities will be going on simultaneously from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Representatives from KCMTOA and BluePearl will also be available for interviews.
- The event will be held at the Lenexa Fire Department Training Center, 24000 Prairie Star Parkway.
More than 25 tactical medics and K-9 officers are expected to attend the two-day course, which was organized by Johnson County Med-Act Captain Chris Winger, as well as Dr. Kristen Holcomb-Wallace, Melissa Bosch and Meagan Hake from BluePearl.
“We have a wonderful relationship with our local law enforcement community and this is our way of giving back,” said Hake, who is on BluePearl’s veterinary relations team. “Our goal is to help these caring officers keep their K-9 partners as safe and healthy as possible.”
The class will specifically focus on providing emergency care aimed at stabilizing injured dogs until they can be treated at a veterinary hospital. Winger said the need for instruction in this area is growing as more and more law enforcement agencies use K-9s in their SWAT departments.
“For these officers, there’s a lot of similarities between seeing a dog go down as there is to seeing a human officer go down,” Winger said. “Our goal is to give these officers the peace of mind of knowing their partners will receive the best possible care so that they can continue to focus on their mission.”