Boone County Sheriff's Department to purchase new canine alarm system

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 12:14 p.m. CST; updated 4:39 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 30, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department is asking for a new K-9 car alarm system to protect sheriff's dogs inside of vehicles. The department proposed the purchase at a Boone County Commission meeting Tuesday.

"The purpose of the system is to prevent a dog from overheating in a vehicle,” Captain Chad Martin said.

The current alarm system, which is installed in two patrol cars, is 10 years old. The system monitors temperature in the vehicle. When temperatures reach the limit, windows roll down, and the horn honks. If the K-9 handler is away from the vehicle and hears the horn, he or she can press a button to open the doors.

Martin said the current alarm system works but not reliably. It needs repairing, but its technology is outdated, and it's not cost effective to repair, he said.

The new system would cost about $1,400 for two units and installation. It would have the same features as the current system has, plus a pager function to alert a handler who is too far from the vehicle to hear the honking horn.

The department plans to buy the new system when the funds are approved, which will be determined at the next Boone County Commission meeting.

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