Protecting the pawed patrol

SRP-APS partnership to help Phoenix PD K9s train in safer conditions

Gilly, a 65-pound German shepherd-collie mix from the Czech Republic, is one of the Phoenix Police Department’s smallest dogs. But his tenacity makes up for his modest size. He is certified in patrol work, along with narcotic and cadaver detection.

But until recently, Gilly and the 16 other pawed protectors in the patrol division were training under less-than-ideal conditions.

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Otterly unusual find

SRP employees rescue baby otter from Arizona Canal

You’ve probably heard about the occasional cat on a power pole or a bird nesting on not-so-safe infrastructure, but we’ve got a new one for you: an otter in a canal.

Three SRP crew members, Craig Boggs, Dave Massie and Joshua Shill, were working on a road by the Arizona Canal last month north of Mesa when they noticed a 4-week-old otter struggling to get out of the drying canal. The otter was too small to use the steps that horses and other animals use to get out of the canal if they fall in, so the crew stepped in.

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Animal advocate

SRP employee volunteers time for animal welfare

Nancy Brooks, Senior Energy Diversion Specialist, is a 16-year employee at SRP, and a passionate animal advocate. She volunteers for four animal nonprofits – Most Valuable Pets (MVP), Benji’s Buddies, AZ Happy Tails and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds – and loves being able to give back to the community. In celebration of Arizona Gives Day April 4, we chatted with three employees, including Brooks, about why they volunteer. 

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Stay cool, save money

Save $$$ while keeping you and your pets comfortable

In case you haven’t heard, an excessive heat warning is in effect for the coming weekend in the Phoenix area. With temperatures expected to rise to a scorching 120 degrees by Monday, your air conditioning unit is likely to be put to some heavy use. During the summer, air conditioning can account for 50%, if not more of your total electric bill. So how do you keep you, your family and pets cool without busting your budget?

Follow these simple tips to use energy efficiently, and save money:

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