ROME- Police and their K-9 units put their lives on the line each and every day. For one K-9 on the Rome police force, his days on the job just got safer.
Arko a two-year-old German Shepard with the Rome Police Department received a Narcan (Naloxone) Overdose kit from a volunteer organization, named “K9’s of Valor”. This not-for-profit organization supplies K-9 units across the nation with free Narcan kits, from generous donations from the public.
“I put Arko’s name on a waiting list for this kit,” said Alexzandra Carletta, Arko’s handler. “Somehow out of every K-9 dog in the U.S. Arko’s name was picked.”
According to Carletta, Arko is trained to sniff and search for narcotics. Depending on what type of situation he is put into his life could be put at risk. From what Carletta says if he is exposed to opioids and sniffs them he could potentially overdose.”
“Everyday we go on patrol we carry Narcan,” said Carletta. “With donations like this, it just helps so [Arko] can have his own.”
If you would like to sponsor a local K-9 dog you can contact K-9’s of Valor at 1-330-949-6023 or email INFO@K9SOFVALOR.ORG.