- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Officials say all four of Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s furry officers will be donning the same bullet- and stab-resistant gear as their human handlers in the next three weeks.

Lt. Seth Boudreaux, a certified K-9 instructor, tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1BwH5mb) thanks to a nonprofit grant, the last two K9s - Ilka and Rocky - will soon be outfitted with protective Kevlar vests to help deflect the impact of bullets or other blunt metal weapons while on assignment. The other two K9s in the division already have their own vests, he added.

Boudreaux says the vests will start right below the dog’s ears and cover their body all the way down to their tail.

Their purpose is to protect the animal’s vital organs while ensuring comfort and mobility.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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