K9 Ikar is a 2.5-year-old Belgian Malinois assigned to Deputy JR Gregory of the Nez Perce County ID Sheriff’s Office. K9 Ikar is lovingly referred to as ‘Bus Bus’ around the department due to his hard-hitting style during Patrol Certification. He’s the strong, silent type, preferring to whine to his handler instead of barking. Ikar doesn’t mind playing with balls and other dog toys during his time off duty; however, his most favorite thing is a fresh antler shed. Ikar and Deputy Gregory began training together in November 2019 and quickly gained Narcotics Detection Certification. The team is currently working on Patrol Certification hours and plan to be fully certified before Summer 2020.
Here’s how this equipment grant would help Ikar and Dty. Gregory on the job:
A multi-threat vest protects against standard-issue caliber rounds for common guns and offers additional protection for stabbing weapons, like prison shanks or other blunt force puncture objects. The vest is inserted into a carrier made of a rip-stop material that helps to deflect punctures as well. This vest provides the same level of protection that the human counterparts of these K9s are required to wear for their job.
The Ranger K9 Trauma Kit provides sterile, veterinary grade, K9-specific supplies to assist an officer in providing aid to their K9 in the event of an on-the-job incident or injury. This kit includes a canine oxygen mask, along with other first aid items, a quick reference sheet for K9 vitals and dosing, and comes in a heavy-duty, canvas bag that is embroidered with emblems ensuring that it is easily identifiable for K9 use.
NOTE: The funds collected as part of this fundraiser will be allocated to the agency’s Equipment Grant Application with Hero K9 for their K9. Should the application status change and/or if donations received are in excess of the goal amount, donations will be directed to the organization’s general fund to provide additional equipment grants and cover operational costs and/or other business-related expenses.