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Roswell police use new K9 cooling vests

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Four cooling vests and a number of temperature gauges are changing the way the Roswell Police K9 unit cares for its dogs. 

"Probably one of our big risk factors with the dogs is uh, them becoming some sort of a heat causality or sustaining a heat injury. Having the cooling vest allows us be out a lot longer," said Roswell police officer Fortunato.

Chilling at 58 degrees, the vest sits in a cooler in each K9 unit vehicle. It's designed to lower the body temperature of any pup left in the heat for too long. 

"It fits right under their mid section, which covers all of their vital areas, areas that would overheat very quickly," assured Officer Fortunato.

He said it also allows officers to make quicker rescues of any other dog left boiling in a locked car. 

"We can move the dog into a shady area, put the vest on the dog and it keeps the cooling gel right where it needs to be to help cool the dog down a lot quicker than we could," said Officer Fortunato. 

Another device aiding in the relief effort is a temperature gauge, where officers can get a real time reading of any surface's temperature. 

Thirty of the new devices and vests were donated by the owners of the Atlanta Home Theater last week. 

Roswell police said the couple was inspired to make the donation after watching an officer rescue a dog from a hot car a couple of months ago.

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