Quinte West’ OPP canine is better protected thanks to the efforts of a 10-year-old Quinte West girl.

Drew Ayotte, of Murray Ward, presented Quinte West OPP Const. Albert Deluca with enough cash — money she raised herself — to purchase six canine first aid kits.

The $425, which was raised through Ayotte’s school, and church, went toward the kits which cost around $70 each.

“I guess I just decided that when they get killed in the line of duty it’s not only hard for their handlers, but it’s also hard for the communities they are protecting,” said Ayotte.

The kits include Skunk-off, eye solution, charcoal (in case of accidental drug ingestion), and peroxide, were put together by Dr. Jason Donohoe from the Toronto Emergency Veterinary Clinic.

Deluca, grateful for Ayotte’s compassion, says the kits, are important when the dogs are tracking.

“There’s lots of broken bottles in ditches,” said Deluca adding that on occasion the dogs have had rocks hurled at them.

Originally Ayotte contacted Deluca about bullet proof vests for the dogs. Deluca said dogs don’t usually wear them as they are too hot while tracking. Deluca suggested First Aid kits as an alternative.

Ayotte has also had her head shaved for cancer, raising $120, and most recently sponsored a nine-year-old child in Africa.

Ayotte, who doesn’t have any dogs at home has aspirations to become a marine biologist.

“I love animals, I love dogs especially.”