- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Cranston police dog will soon be sporting a bullet-protective and stab-protective vest, thanks to a Massachusetts nonprofit and the fundraising efforts of a Boy Scout troop.

The Cranston police department says its Czechoslovakian Shepherd, Zeus, will receive the vest in eight to 10 weeks from East Taunton-based Vested Interest in K9s.

Max Hempe, of Boy Scouts Troop 1 of Kingston, hosted a fundraiser to get the vest.

Vested Interest in K9s was founded in 2009 and has provided over 1,700 protective vests to dogs in 49 states.

Cranston Police Maj. Todd Patalano says the department’s three dogs are used in some of the most dangerous and difficult situations and deserve the highest level of protection.

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