- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Thirteen Pittsburgh police canine officers are being fitted for protective vests paid for by money raised in memory of a dog that was fatally stabbed on duty earlier this year.

The vests being presented Monday were paid for by the Officer Rocco K-9 Memorial Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.

City police worked with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit that provides vests to protect police dogs from stabbings and shootings, to obtain the vests.

The presentation coincides with the first day of trial for 22-year-old John Rush.

Allegheny County prosecutors say Rush stabbed Rocco, an 8-year-old police dog, in January as police arrested him on warrants for probation violations and failing to register as a sex offender. Two human officers were also wounded during the incident.

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