EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) - The Webster County Sheriff’s Department received a gift to make sure the department’s K-9 unit stays safe when the heat is on.
Deputy Jacob Edwards knows the value of working with his K9 partner Gero.
“So, our backup maybe 15-20 minutes away. If we’re out, we’re fighting someone and we need backup, the dog comes and they’ll help us out,” he said.
The non-profit group K9s United gifted two Hot-N-Pop systems to the unit. The devices set the temperature inside a deputy’s vehicle to prevent overheating.
However, in case it does overheat, Edwards said, “The lights and the sirens will cut on and the doors will open to save the dog.”
The sheriff’s department also received buttons deputies can wear, giving them the ability to open a car door and release the dog without being near the vehicle.
Webster County is one of a few sheriff’s departments to have two dogs in its K9 unit, Thus, allowing them to have a dog for every shift of the day.