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Monday, June 10, 2019

Saugeen Shores Police Fundraising For Canine Program

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The Canine Officer and dog will have a special vehicle filled with high-tech functions

Not only will Saugeen Shores Police have a new police dog but they'll also have a new high-tech vehicle to suit the needs of their canine co-worker. 

Saugeen Shores Police Chief Mike Bellai says the new pick-up truck has already been sponsored and includes a kennel and special equipment to aid the dog and its handler, Officer Erik Luscombe.

"If the dogs in there and the temperature becomes too hot or too cold the vehicle actually turns on and makes sure that dog stays at a regular temperature," says Chief Bellai.

He adds there's also a contraption that opens vehicle doors in an instant called the "door popper".

"When he's (Luscombe) outside of the vehicle and the dogs in the back and he's dealing with someone... it's almost like a remote on his vest and he presses the button and the back door pops open and the dog can come out it."

Bellai says Officer Luscombe will have the 12-13 month old dog for two weeks before heading to training this September with the Toronto Police Force, where it will learn obedience training, then move on to tracking methods. 

Naming the forces new member will be a community effort says Chief Bellai. He says they have some "unique" names chosen but want to get the community involved as much as possible in naming him or her. 

The Saugeen Shores Police are now hoping to fundraise $20,000 which will go towards the purchase of the dog and its training.

They would also like to create a reserve fund to sustain the canine program for years to come. 

So far, donations from the Port Elgin and District Lions Club and the Port Elgin Rotary Club have aided their fundraising efforts.


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