The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office K9 team has received a charitable donation from Holland Kennel Club of $1,000, an Allegan County Sheriff’s Office a sheriff’s media release said.
The donation will be used to buy and install a K9 door opener on the police car door for the K9 to get in and out of his rear seat remotely with the press of a button.
The handler will be able to release his partner to assist him in a situation that arises suddenly and the handler might not otherwise be able to access the dog.
The door opener greatly improves officer safety, eliminating the time it would take the officer to get to his partner or possibly needing his partner and not being able to get to him, the release said.
The door opener from the Holland Kennel Club will go on Deputy Mike Martin’s K9 patrol vehicle for his partner, K9Lajki. “K9Lajki was purchased with a generous donation from the Holland Kennel Club in the spring of 2017. The sheriff’s office is grateful for the Holland Kennel Club’s continued support of the K9 team,” the release said.
Holland Kennel Club Board members with Deputy Mike Martin and K9 Lajki.
(photo courtesy of Ben Haas)