In police departments, K-9 units are designed to fight crime and protect the community. But the four-legged officers need protection too
Two K-9s in Oroville and one in Orland named Ruger, recently received new protective vests to ward off bullets and knives.
The vests cost $950 each and were provided by Vested Interest in K-9s, a non-profit group in Massachusetts.
The expense is well worth it. Not just to protect the K-9, but to protect the monetary investment that goes into Ruger and others like him.
He works alongside Officer Grant Carmon in the Orland Police Department.
“His bullet-proof vest has the same stopping capabilities as the vests that I wear,” said Carmon. “We just recently got it. So I've been working with him. After I put it on him we go play and have fun, so he associates the vest with having a good time.”
Fundraising efforts provide the vests and all of the expenses of caring for K-9s like shots, vet bills, food and training.