GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Dogs across the United States die each year inside vehicles that statistics say can reach 120 degrees within minutes in the hot summer sun.
Greencastle Police Department officer Keith Russell wants to ensure his canine partner, Rony, is not one of them.
Fundraising is under way to purchase equipment designed to protect both Rony and Russell.
Once installed, it would monitor the temperature in the pair’s patrol vehicle, then roll the windows down automatically if the interior temperature reaches a dangerous level. The equipment would activate the sirens and horn, and send an alert to a device on Russell’s belt to notify him the vehicle is too hot for Rony.
It also provides Russell with an additional personal security feature. If Russell found himself in an unsafe situation, he could push a button on his device to open the vehicle’s doors and release Rony to assist him.