A/C technology keeps K-9 unit cool in police car

Updated: 08/13/2014 7:07 PM | Created: 08/13/2014 7:01 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With dozens of stories this summer about children and animals being left inside hot cars, it's no wonder people reached out to KOB when they saw a dog in the back of a police SUV.

"If you do see a dog - whether it's a working dog, police dog, or just a normal dog - immediately notify the police department and make some notification to the local businesses that are around," said Rudy Mora, a Laguna Pueblo police officer, and handler of Renzo, the K-9 that was left inside the vehicle back in July.

Officer Mora is glad that people sought help, even though Renzo was perfectly fine thanks to equipment the department bought back in April.

"It automatically engages. I can turn off the vehicle, press a button, turn off the vehicle, and the vehicle remains on," Mora said.

If the temperature inside the car reaches 90 degrees, Mora is immediately notified.

"The windows roll down and the vehicle's alarm system starts to activate," he said.

If you were to see that the car was on and wanted to go for a joyride, the car will shut off when the driver, other than the police officer, presses the accelerator or brake.

It's Mora's job to serve and protect the people of Laguna Pueblo, but he also makes sure to take care of his best friend.

"It's my partner. I spend more time with that dog than I spend with my wife," Mora said jokingly.

It's also very expensive to take care of Renzo with the cooling system, which is worth $3,500.

KOB welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the rules of conduct set forth in our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use.