Police Dog Campaign Completed

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has completed a project to protect one of its K9s from excessive heat. Last fall, the Bow Wow Bakery and Bath in Dowagiac started the “Keep Nellie Cool” campaign, aiming to raise money for a heat sensor in the patrol car used by K9 Nellie and her handler, Deputy T.K. Grave. The sensor could alert Grave when the car gets too hot so she can respond to protect Nellie. The sheriff’s department says last year there were seven Police K9s killed nationwide from overheated vehicles. A total of $12,000 was raised by the Keep Nellie Cool campaign, and a used Tahoe was purchased with it and to be outfitted for proper use with Nellie. The car that was being used by the Nellie, a bloodhound, and her handler was scheduled to be taken out of service. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department thanks everyone who chipped in to the campaign.