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Police K9 Emergency Vehicle

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On September 11th,  Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) doctors and staff were brought on scene to care for the Police K9 teams who were assisting with the search and recovery efforts.  They quickly became aware that there was really no plan for field veterinary care during disasters such as this.  The LIVS team set up a field veterinary care area on scene similar to a MASH unit to care for these courageous dogs.  Many experienced lacerations, burns, inhalation and optical trauma.

The New York Veterinary Foundation is working with LIVS and The Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan for equipping and staffing a canine medical command vehicle for emergency trauma care during disaster situations.  These "ambulances" will provide comfort and could save the life of a these brave animals, as well as provide a viable staging area for canine teams during catastrophic events.

 

Your donation will help us to develop a prototype vehicle.

Title: Police K9 Emergency Vehicle

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Police K9 teams face substantial risk of injury on a daily basis.  While emergency care is readily available to the police officer, the same cannot be said of the team’s canine partner.  Coordination of medical care of large numbers of police canines as seen during catastrophic events and offering medical assistance in the field are essential needs that have not been completely met.

Objective:
To purchase and outfit a police canine medical command vehicle. The specific equipment and services provided will be under the direction of the experts at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Coordination of care would be with participating agencies and by experienced volunteer medical staff.  In addition to providing immediate emergency care to their canine partners, the vehicle can serve as center for coordination and for transportation to a veterinary facility equipped to render more definitive care.

Background:
DMdogsOn September 11th,  Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) doctors and staff were brought on scene to care for the Police K9 teams who were assisting with the search and recovery efforts.  They quickly became aware that there was really no plan for field veterinary care during disasters such as this.  The LIVS team set up a field veterinary care area on scene similar to a MASH unit to care for these courageous dogs.  Many experienced lacerations, burns, inhalation and optical trauma.

 

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Budget
1. Assembly =  Donated by Hart911  $75,000
2. Vehicle and Parts  = $175,000
3. Insurance, fuel and maintenance per year = $14,000

Total   $264,000
 

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