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Richmond Hill PD receives pet emergency kits
RHPD pet kits
Capt. Jason Sakelarios, left, and Maj. Michael Albritton, right, of the Richmond Hill Police Department, receive Emergency Pet Assistance Kits from Camy Thumwood, owner of Pet Alert. - photo by Photo provided.

Camy Thumwood, owner of Pet Alert, donated four Emergency Pet Assistance Kits (EPAK) to the Richmond Hill Police Department Tuesday to help officers assist pets involved in accidents or found trapped in overheated vehicles.

Thumwood presented the EPAKs to Maj. Michael Albritton and Capt. Jason Sakelarios. An EPAK will be kept in each shift commander’s vehicle, covering all patrols.  

Each EPAK contains first aid supplies, slip leads, a collapsible water bowl and a beach towel that can be used to cool down a dog or cat, transport an injured pet or to contain an aggressive pet. Each one comes with a manual that has instructions and information on how to provide proper first aid to dogs or cats suffering from heat exhaustion, needing CPR and how to handle and move an injured pet, plus other pet safety information to help educate pet parents about how hot asphalt impacts pets, vehicle safety and other safety concerns.

Thumwood said she donated the EPAKs as a thank you to Richmond Hill Police Department for its service and to help protect officers when dealing with pets involved in an emergency.

Thumwood recently joined Richmond Hill Fire Chief Ralph Catlett at the July Lunch and Learn sponsored by the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce to talk about pet safety and earlier this year donated five pet oxygen masks to Bryan County Emergency Services. For more information visit or call (912) 459-1617.

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