Phenix City K-9 vests and heat alarm fundraiser on Thursday

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PHENIX CITY, Al- On Thursday The Smiths Station Animal Vet is doing its part to help police K-9 dogs in Phenix City.

News 3 caught up with Phenix City officer Samuel Oshel.

He says the proceeds from the Chick Fil A fundraiser will go towards getting two K-9 dog vests and also heat alarms.

Eros is Oshel’s police dog.

He was undergoing narcotics training at the ice rink next door to the Columbus Civic Center.

The other Phenix City dog that will be getting a vest and heat alarm goes by the name Nim.

Both Phenix City dogs will be available at the Chick Fil A located on 431 North next to the Walmart in Phenix City from five until eight tonight.

Oshel explained how the dogs will benefit from the vests and how important it is for people to donate.

“Him not only being a narcotic K9 he’s a tracking K9 so he’s constantly running down armed suspects whether it’s a murder suspect or a robbery suspect so usually they are armed with some kind of firearm on them and he’s the first one to them so him having a vest will allow him if they were to shoot at him or some means like that he would be protected,” says Oshel.

Oshel says the heat alarms will be placed in the police cars.

He says there are times when officers have to leave the dogs in the cars and the alarms will go off alerting the officers when it’s dangerously hot for the K-9’s.

The proceeds of all those who make a Chick Fil A purchase on Thursday at the 431 North location, will go towards getting the vests and heat alarms for the dogs.

Oshel says about $2,600 have already been raised.

He says he’s hoping to reach the $5,000 goal for the K-9 vests and heat alarms.

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