Training in K-9 first aid important for LEOs
50 officers in Tuesday's training were given the animal equivalent of first aid kits so that they did not have to enter the field unprepared
By Anna Gallegos
The voluntary training gave K-9 handlers from the Oakland Police Department, the Redwood City Police Department, the Dos Palos Police Department and other Northern California public safety agencies the chance to learn emergency medical techniques that could save the lives of the dogs that serve with them.
"The (officers) are going to be first responders, really," said Geri Schmutz, a volunteer with the Police & Working K-9 Foundation who volunteered her dogs to take part in the training. "Anything that happens to the officers can happen to (the dogs)."
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