- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island police dog will be safer on the job, thanks to a bullet-resistant vest donated by a charity group.

The Warwick Police Department say the German shepherd named Fox will receive the vest from Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit group based in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The protective equipment is sponsored by Cranston resident Libby Distasio. It will be embroidered with the phrase “In Memory of D’Strong” in honor of Dorian Murray, an 8-year-old Westerly boy who died in March after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer.

The vest will be ready in about two months.

Vested Interest in K9s has provided more than 1,900 protective vests for dogs across the country since 2009. A $1,050 contribution allows the group to donate one vest.

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