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Syracuse Police get supplies to help animals in emergencies

Syracuse police officers will now be better equipped when responding to animal abuse calls. Animal advocates gave 25 "first response" kits with first aid supplies and other items to help officers deal with animals in need.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse police officers will now be better equipped when responding to animal abuse calls.

Animal advocates gave 25 "first response" kits with first aid supplies and other items to help officers deal with animals in need.

Officers have been trained on how to use the gear and now the kits will be put in patrol cars so they can be used on calls.

Officer Rebecca Thompson said, “We went through the kits with them and showed them what they needed to do and it was well received by all the officers and a lot of them were actually happy they have something they can use to help these animals.”

Inside the kit, officers will find a reference guide, so they will be able to spot certain situations like if a dog is suffering from heat exhaustion and know how to deal with that situation.

Nicole Heath, with the CNY Animal Cruelty Task Force, said, “We believe these kits will give them the tools and resources they need to be able to help the animals if they choose to do so which many of them already are attempting to do so,”

Recently a handful of Syracuse officers helped rescue a dog from the edge of Onondaga Creek. But they had to wait for the dog control officer to get there with the right tools.

Police Chief Frank Fowler said, “This department is now much better off today than we were a few days ago to handle these types of emergencies. We are first responders, we are the first to respond to a number of calls for police services and we take all of them very seriously.”

The kits were donated by the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY and the CNY Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Providing the kits was the first project by the newly formed CNY Animal Cruelty Task Force.

As officers use up the supplies, the Veterinary Medical Center will restock the kits.

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