ARF donates thermo guns

An organization that focuses on the well-being of dogs and cats donated more than a dozen temperature-reading devices Thursday.

Loralee Knepper, president of Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County, presented 15 infrared thermo guns to St. Joseph County Animal Control Officer Greg Musser.

When triggered, the devices emit an infrared light that penetrates through a car window and produces a digital display of the interior temperature. Musser said the tool is important in the event such a situation leads to a court case.

Musser distributed some of the devices to animal control officers Justin Holbrook of Three Rivers Police Department and Rick Sweitzer of Sturgis Police Department. Musser said he will provide more to other departments throughout the county.

Meanwhile, ARF is sponsoring a fundraiser Saturday at Tractor Supply Co. of Three Rivers.

Knepper said the agency’s 15th annual Doggie Wash takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a wash, nail trimming and ear cleaning.

The services are provided in exchange for cash donations.

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