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NEW K9 VESTS - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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NAPOLEONVILLE – Four Assumption Parish K-9s now have bulletproof vests that could save their lives.  Diesel, Isa, Major, Vickie received the vests from Canine Wounded Heroes, a nonprofit that provides vests to police dogs across the country.

The department applied for the vests in March and heard back a few days later.  Each dog was sized for its made-to-order vest, and after months of waiting the vests recently arrived.  The vests usually cost approximately $2,000 each, but Canine Wounded Heroes, through a partnership with K9 Tactical Gear, can buy them at a considerable savings. 

These are not only bulletproof, but they're stab-resistant. A dog is worth ... he's priceless. He's worth tens of thousands of dollars. When you put this vest on him, he's safe.  It does cover all the vital organs and it has a little bit of protection on the front shoulders and under the belly.

The K-9s won’t wear the vests all the time because they might cause the dogs to overheat, but they will wear them anytime they go into a potentially dangerous situation.  If we have the opportunity, the vest is going to be on the dog any time they roll into something.


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