Greene County Sheriff's Department received Narcan kits for K-9 units
As law enforcement agencies respond to more calls involving dangerous drugs, the risk of exposure to them is high, and to K9s that come into close contact with it.
News 5's Jessica Griffith shows us how a local veterinarian is donating live-saving Narcan to protect greene county's k-9's.
Matti, Cezar and Sig are three of the Greene County Sheriff's Department K9s.
They love doing their job, but it puts them at risk, especially when responding to drug related calls.
"The dogs are utilized a lot in drug searches. You never know when the dog may end up coming in contact with a narcotic," Sergeant Matthew McCamey said.
It's a scary thought, if these dogs inhale or even touch some powerful drugs, they could overdose.
"They'll get into it. That's what they're trained to do. They're gonna go to the source, they're gonna sniff. And you never know they could ingest it, you just don't know," he said.
But, because of a new donation by Dr. Mark Riehl of the Animal Medical Clinic in Bristol, all four Greene County K9 units now has a kit of Narcan with them at all times.
"The dogs nose, because of the way it's structured has a tendency to really absorb the powder really rapidly. It could be fatal," Riehl said.
Riehl also trained the officers on how to administer the Narcan.
It all comes with additional first aid kits in case a K9 is injured.
Ensuring the K9's safety is a top priority, because to the handlers, they're more than just an officer, they're family.
"It's a huge gain for us for our dogs and we're very thankful to have received it," McCamey said.
There are a total of 40 Narcan kits that Dr. Riehl is donating to police across the region for their K9s. It's saving them about $200 each.