Monday, April 25, 2011

Antioch Police Dogs Receive Four Donated Bulletproof Vests

Here's an article I found on Facebook that talks about bullet-proof vests for dogs!  I love this idea.  Our dogs will go to great lengths to protect us or to have us tell them how good they are.  Frequently, you read about police dogs that jumped in front of their person to protect them and ended up dead. 

The organization that provided these life-saving vests are to be commended.  This article is from Life with Dogs.  Please check the site out for great articles about dogs and living life with them!
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police dog vestThe Antioch Police Department in California received four bulletproof vests that will be used to outfit their police dogs, including one for a dog that was shot in the shoulder last August.

According to cbs8.com, the vests were provided by the Police and Working K-9 Foundation, a group that also helps pay for emergency medical care for police dogs.

The new $1,200 custom-made body armor weighs about 5 pounds and is both bullet and knife resistant.

The Belgian Malinois that was shot survived his injuries and was back on the job in just two short weeks, but police officials told the Contra Costa Times that the injury might have been avoided if the dog had been wearing one of the vests.

Recently in the news, there have been several stories about police dogs that often put themselves in harm’s way to protect their handlers. According to the K-9 Foundation, “Since 2000, over 500 U.S. police dogs have lost their lives in the line of duty.”

The New York-based company has donated 56 vests so far to police stations across the U.S.
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