A non-profit organization donated armor to a Connecticut State police dog on Monday in an effort to protect law enforcement animals.
K9 Asher, a 3-year old German Shepard, received a bullet and stab protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s, which is a charity in East Taunton, Mass.
The vest’s donation was sponsored by Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming of Southington.
Asher has worked with Trooper First Class Jessica Colburn for two years.
The K9 is trained in tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience. Asher also conducts human remains detection in the troop’s search and rescue team.
Vested Interest in K9s was founded in 2009 to provide protective vests and “other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies.”
The program is open to dogs, which currently work with law enforcement or “related agencies who are certified.” The K9s must be at least 20 months of age.
The charity has donated more than 1,700 protective vests to dogs throughout 49 states.
The cost of those vests has totaled more than $1.6 million. A single vest can cost more than $2,000.
Each vest weighs four to five pounds and has a five-year warrantee.
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