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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

San Diego Sheriff's K-9s Get Body Armor

A few weeks back a Houston Police K9 was shot by a Houston Police Officer during the pursuit of a robbery suspect. Thankfully Jake is recovering but he may need to take an early medical retirement.

Jake at the emergency room.

Knowing our K9s are fellow officers and family members, it's good to know more departments are equipping them with body armor.
San Diego Sheriff's K-9s Get Body Armor
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has a brand new tool for its K-9 unit. All 30 dogs now have bullet-resistant vests.

"It offers an extra level of protection for the dogs to keep them from getting hurt out there in the field," says San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jacob Pavlenko.

"When a handler knows they’re going into a situation where they could be confronting an armed subject, that’s where they’ll put the vest on the dog before they deploy," Pavlenko adds.

Since the vest won’t be on the dog all the time, it takes about 10 to 15 seconds to put on. The vests are lightweight, so the K-9 doesn’t get tired while wearing it. Similar to a bullet-resistant vest for a human, it also protects the dog's body and chest.

"These are ballistic vests, they are to defeat bullets. However, they will defeat slashing moves as well," says Georg Olsen from U.S. Armor.

Money for the vests was provided by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. The organization paid $16,000 for all 30 of the vests, CW6 reports.

A little over 500 bucks to protect an animal costing almost ten times as much. Good investment.

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