SAVANNAH, GA (April 7, 2015): Wednesday, the Greater Savannah Veterinary Medical Association will present five heavy duty dog crates and six lanyards to support the work of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

The collapsible crates allow easy transport. The specialized design of the lanyards gives K-9 officers free use of their hands. The lanyards connect leashed dogs to officers with harnesses worn on the officer’s front torso.

The K-9 Unit has 7 dogs and 6 handlers. Each handler will receive one of each item.

GSVMA is comprised of veterinarians representing Chatham, Bryan, and Effingham counties. Periodically, the association selects local organizations to supply with donated equipment. GSVMA President, Dr. Melanie Bevere said, “We are very excited to be able to do this for you…we respect your work in the community.” She added, “We would like to bring attention to the amazing job that you all do, and show the community that the local veterinarians value your work.”

The cage and lanyard presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the SCMPD K-9 Unit office at, 1801 Kerry Street.