Friday, June 16, 2017

Vehicle Pet Safety

Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal's body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.

  •  Leave your dog at home on warm days.
  •  On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl.
  •  Don't let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds. The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for the dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.
  • Take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet if you see signs of heat exhaustion, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination. To lower body temperature gradually, give the animal water to drink, place a cold towel or ice pack on the head, neck and chest, and/or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. Call your veterinarian.
  • Get free brochures to use to educate pet owners.

If you see a pet in a vehicle on a hot day, take immediate action:
  • Note the car make, model, color and tag number, then go to the nearest stores and ask the managers to page the owner.
  • Call the police, which usually can respond much faster than can animal control departments. The police have the capability to enter the vehicle and rescue the pet.

Numerous calls are received at the Sturgeon Bay Police Department of animals left in a vehicle on hot days.  We appreciate the support of the community looking after our furry friends. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


June 15th  is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  This is a day set aside to bring greater recognition the under-identified and often unspoken problem of elder abuse.  In 2016, 247 incidents of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation were reported in Door County.  Unfortunately, many more incidents are not reported for a variety of reasons.  To learn more about elder abuse and what you can do, please visit .
Sergeant Hougaard represents the Sturgeon Bay Police Department as an active member of the Elder and Adult-at-Risk Interdisciplinary Team – which works to raise community awareness regarding elder abuse and engages in case consultation (without identifying information) to assist all member organizations in providing the best service possible to those in need.
Please join the Senior Center all month to raise awareness of elder abuse and honor the older adults in our community.
  • June 12th – June 23rd     Pinwheel display at the ADRC / Senior Center
Door County incidents of elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and self-neglect, reflected in pinwheels on the lawn outside the ADRC / Senior Center  
  • June 14th and June 15th   Wear purple to celebrate seniors and take a stand against elder abuse!
  • June 26th, 12:00 p.m.  Scams, Scams, Everywhere
Officer Chad Mielke of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department will give an informative presentation on scams and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
  • June 29th, 12:45 p.m.  HELP of Door County
Elder abuse advocate Judy Gregory will share information on the role of HELP of Door County in supporting older adults who have experienced intimate partner abuse.



The Storm

This amazing photo taken by Luke Collins Photography captures the unique storm activity yesterday.  The Sturgeon Bay Police Department sends our thoughts to areas that experienced damage and loss from this storm.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

National Flag Day

We honor Old Glory on June 14th, in honor of the day in 1777 in which the Continental Congress adopted the American flag. It is unclear when it first became a holiday, but some states have adopted it as a holiday.

Stop and visit the many flags in front of City Hall the next time you are on a walk, bike ride, or visiting the Farmers Market on Saturday. 

Flooding Information

The storm this morning has flooded multiple roads and the Sturgeon Bay Police Department asks drivers to be cautious and try to avoid flooded areas.  The pictures are of 14th Avenue and Georgia by Thunderhill Estates and Evenson Laundry.  There was also flooding when coming off Michigan Street Bridge and 1st Avenue. 

Vehicle expenses going through flooded waters:
·       Have the fluids checked, maybe change the oil, have a look at the transmission to see if it looks like strawberry milk; if it gets water in it, it turns pink.
·       An oil change costing $35. Driving with water in the engine can ruin it. If your car stalled out, do not try to restart it.
·       Some cars will have damaged the engine because the motor will suck water into it and lock it up and bend the rod.
·       Flushing out an engine and other parts can run a couple of hundred dollars.
·       If the water got inside the car and soaked the carpet, expect to pay close to a thousand dollars to get things dried out and running again.

Take extra precautions if you're forced to drive through water:
If no alternate route exists and you have no other reasonable alternative but to drive through standing water.
  • Do your best to estimate the depth of the water (if other cars are driving through, take note of how deep the water is).
  • Drive slowly and steadily through the water.
  • Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in — electric current passes through water easily.
  • Watch for items traveling downstream — they can trap or crush you if you're in their path.
  • If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
  • Stay off the telephone unless you must report severe injuries.
  • If your vehicle stalls in the deep water, you may need to restart the engine to make it to safety. Keep in mind that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine.
  • If you can't restart your vehicle and you become trapped in rising water, immediately abandon it for higher ground. Try to open the door or roll down the window to get out of the vehicle. If you are unable to get out safely, call 911 or get the attention of a passerby or someone standing on higher ground so that they may call for help.

Monday, June 12, 2017

An IPad was found this afternoon near 4th and Jefferson.  It is password protected and the owner will be asked to enter the password to verify it is their tablet. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stuff the Squad is a Success!

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department joined up with Pick n Save to support Feed My People/Clothe My People through their Stuff The Squad program.  The event kicked off on June 3 with an appearance by Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler.  Go Pack Go!

On June 10, Chief Arleigh Porter and Sgt. Chad Hougaard made an appearance at Pick n Save to Stuff a Squad and participate in a live radio broadcast by WIXX 101.

On Monday, the groceries will be delivered to Feed My People.  Anyone who wants to contribute to the program can still stop at Pick n Save through Sunday and purchase pre-made bags of grocery items for $5 or $10.  Customers may also purchase their own items and leave them in the bin at the front of the store.

Thank you to everyone for purchasing and donating items to support Stuff The Squad!  We look forward to participating next year and growing the program in Sturgeon Bay.

Extra thanks to Pick n Save for asking us to be their partner in this fantastic program that gives back to our local community, and to LeRoy Butler and WIXX for their support.  

LeRoy Butler "36" & Sgt. Chad Hougaard
June 3, the kick off to "Stuff the Squad" at Pick n Save

Chief Porter doing a live broadcast with "Fife" from WIXX

Thank you Pick n Save & WIXX
Stuffing the Squad