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Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council helps fund K9 camera

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Imagine a scenario where a K9 team is called to respond to an alarm at a home or business and, after making a K9 announcement, the K9 officer is sent inside to conduct a building search.

It's important for the human partner to know what the dog is seeing. Is the person inside a child or one with diminished capacity, requiring the K9 officer to be called off? Is there an armed assailant? What if the K9 begins barking and the human officer outside then hears shots fired? When a K9 Officer is deployed to search a building their human partner needs to know what the dog is seeing, in order to protect the public and the police officers.

The Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, along with the Rüdiger Foundation, have collaborated to purchase a state-of-the-art video camera system for Nevada City Police Department's K9 Officer Rüdiger. This advanced camera technology consists of a camera which attaches to Rüdiger's bullet resistant vest, as well as a video monitor worn on the forearm of his human partner, Officer Scott Goin. The actual view Rüdiger is seeing is transmitted in real time to the monitor, allowing Officer Goin to issue appropriate commands to his highly trained K9 partner.

"This is some pretty impressive technology," Goin said. "It's not like attaching a GoPro to a collar. I'm able to communicate with Rüdiger and he can be called off or instructed in other ways, as appropriate."

Goin says he and Rüdiger are appreciative of the generous contribution being made by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council in filling the funding gap to make possible this invaluable piece of equipment.

"It's all about keeping our community and our officers safer, and the Council is always supportive of that."

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Annually, the Nevada City K9 Program is estimated to cost approximately $28,000, including ongoing training as well as food, kenneling, handler stipend, safety equipment, maintenance, upkeep and fuel on the special vehicle required to keep Rüdiger safe. Rüdiger is 100 percent community funded, through contributions made by businesses, private donors, and community-based fundraising events.

For more information, visit the Facebook page: Rüdiger Fan Club.

Surgery a success

On Wednesday, K9 Officer Rüdiger is underwent successful surgery at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for two procedures, Laparoscopic Gastropexy and cryptorchid surgery.

The first was to correct a potentially life threatening stomach issue that might occur if he is deployed too soon after finishing a meal or drinking water, and the other is to remove a testicle that didn’t drop.

Fundraising for the surgeries has reached 85 percent of the Giving Trail campaign to fund the surgery. A total of 41 donors have given an average of $99 each and the effort is currently $677 from goal with less than 24 hours left to raise it. Donations can be made at “>https://givingtrail.org/campaigns/200098/rudiger-needs-surgery-1

Once the fundraising campaign closes, donations may be still be made to the Rüdiger Foundation, PO Box 2174, Nevada City, CA 95959. Another way to show support is to help sponsor the Paw and Order Dinner, set for Sept. 22 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, by purchasing a table at the dinner, attending the event and/or contributing an auction or raffle item to the Paw and Order Dinner. Tickets are $100 per person and are available by contacting the Rüdiger Foundation at joey@RudigerFoundation.org or by texting 530-210-1748. Please provide your name, contact information and the number of seats you would like to reserve.