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CLEAR LAKE, IA – While temperatures outside may not feel as hot as they were last week, keeping cool is still on many minds.
And for local law enforcement, keeping their K9’s cool is just as important.
This past May, the Clear Lake Police Department invested in this some new equipment which is a K9 cooling unit temperature gauge.
The goal is to make sure if the K9 dog is left in the police vehicle, and the temperature rises to a dangerous level, an alarm goes off.
The officer can hear it, and it lets them know the car is too hot inside.
Officer Cory Gute, with the Clear Lake Police Department, says the equipment is well worth it.
“In my job we get busy sometimes and on calls we’re stuck maybe for an hour and I can’t get back to my car. When it is 90 degrees outside it only is a matter of minutes before the inside temperature can get above 100 degrees,” said Gute.
Gute says so far the high tech gadget has been very successful.
The Des Moines Police Department also has installed the same type of equipment.