Rescue crews in North Myrtle Beach will be able to help police K9s in emergencies soon.
Paramedics had a training session Tuesday night to learn how to handle emergency treatment for the canines.
The rescue team won’t be answering calls from the public about injured dogs, but will be able to help police dogs in the event of after-hours emergencies, said Kip Mitchell, with the North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad.
“We’ll do for the K9s exactly what we do for people,” Mitchell said. “Treat and stabilize and take them to the doctors and let them do the big work. It’s pre-hospital care for K9s.”
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He said the idea came from the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, where Lance Corporal David King and his K9 Ari work.
He wasn’t aware of any instances where a K9 in the area was injured on the job, but said the training will give police officers who are paired with dogs peace of mind.
“The dogs are their partners, like a member of the family,” he said. “We can now respond to the K9 emergencies just like we would if any other officer got hurt.”