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  • Police take steps to care for their dogs in summer heat

  • With so much in the news about idiots who leave dogs in hot cars during the summer, it had me wondering about police canines.
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  • With so much in the news about idiots who leave dogs in hot cars during the summer, it had me wondering about police canines.
    Medford has canine cops like the drug-sniffing dog. What do the police do to ensure their dogs are OK in the daytime heat?
    — MMMF, Medford
    We were glad to see your question come over the transom, as we at Since You Asked Central sit around on Fourth of July waiting for Friday's fireworks.
    Apparently, you or someone else asked the Medford Police Department that very question because we found the answer while bumping around the department's Facebook page.
    Medford police vehicles that carry canine officers have a sophisticated system to ensure that the only hot dogs in MPD are for lunch.
    Whenever a dog is in the squad car, the vehicle is left running, locked and has the air conditioning going. If the temperature inside still gets too warm, a sensor triggers the windows to roll down, the car's fan kicks on and the car's overhead lights and horn will go off to warn the canine handler.
    If the handler is too far away to hear the sound, he or she carries another alarm that also will sound.
    If someone is dumb and crafty enough to try and steal a locked canine cop car, the engine will stall and the officer's alarm will go off.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com.
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