- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Like their human counterparts, the canine members of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office now have protective vests.

About $5,000 in donations were received for the ballistic vests for the department’s nine service dogs. Cpl. Brian Humphreys tells the Charleston Daily Mail (https://bit.ly/1E6ichx) five vests have been purchased for the department’s five patrol K9 units.

The department’s two Bloodhounds and two bomb-detecting dogs will be outfitted as well.

Kanawha Sheriff John Rutherford said he hopes the vests are never needed. But he said the dogs deserve protection on the front lines just like human police officers.


Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, https://www.charlestondailymail.com

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