Seymour police raising money for K-9 supplies

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K-9 Argus, a 21-month-old German Shepherd, is in need of an in-squad kennel, a door pop, a heat alarm system and a canine trauma kit, according to a fundraiser shared by the police department.

K-9 Argus, a 21-month-old German Shepherd, is in need of an in-squad kennel, a door pop, a heat alarm system and a canine trauma kit, according to a fundraiser shared by the police department.

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SEYMOUR — Local police are raising money to help support the cost of items needed for one of the city’s four-legged officers.

K-9 Argus, a 21-month-old German Shepherd, is in need of an in-squad kennel, a door pop, a heat alarm system and a canine trauma kit, according to a fundraiser shared by the police department.

As of Thursday afternoon, 43 donors raised $2,690 of the $4,150 goal. By Friday, the goal on the online fundraiser had been met.

There is still some equipment for Argus that needs to be purchased that isn’t covered by the cost of the fundraiser, police said. Those interested in donating can send checks payable to the Seymour Police K-9 Unit to the police department.

The in-squad kennel will allow Argus to be safely transported while on the job. The kennel fits in the backseat of the squad car and provides roll-cage-level protection.

The door pop allows the officer to remotely unlatch the door so the canine can get out of the car and respond to the officer’s aid.

A heat alarm system is also needed, which would monitor the interior air temperature. The system sets off the sirens, lights and rolls down the windows to ensure the dog doesn’t suffer from heat trauma when the temperature reaches a certain point.

The Ranger K-9 Trauma Kit provides sterile, veterinary-grade, canine-specific supplies to help an officer provide aid to their dog if they are hurt on duty or during an incident. The kit includes a canine oxygen mask, first aid items, a reference sheet for canine vitals and dosing.

Argus is certified in patrol, tracking/trailing and narcotics. He is assigned to Officer Dave Gallo. Argus has been focused on narcotics detection for nearly a year and a half.