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Pet Food Express exec has police dog safety on the brain

August 08, 2010

The Oakland Examiner

Mike Murray, the director of community relations for Bay Area company Pet Food Express, recently teamed up with the Cover Your K-9 fund in its second annual Police Dog Fundraiser to buy safety equipment for Bay Area police dogs.

When did you partner with the K-9 Foundation? We partnered with them for the first time last year. We raised more money than we set out to so we thought if we did a company-wide fundraiser this year, we could really make an impact.

What are the funds used for? The money provides all greater Bay Area canine teams with safety vests, medical kits including oxygen masks, heat sensors for cars that automatically turn on the AC when officers leave the dogs in the car. There are no overhead costs, so 100 percent goes to buying these things.

How much did you raise this year? We’re still waiting on the final tally, but our goal was $100,000. So far it looks like we’ve brought in about $80,000, but more checks will come [in] throughout the week.

Why did you do this? We found about 100 Bay Area canine teams who did not have vests due to lack of funding. It’s unacceptable because these dogs are being sent into buildings after guys with knives and guns with no protection. They’re another officer, just with four legs.

By Sarah Haughey

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