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Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office K-9 receives protective vest

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office K-9 Cooper is now a little more stylish -- and a lot safer.That's because the dog received a bullet- and stab-proof protective vest Friday, thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organizati...

Cooper gets a vest
Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cooper now has a protective vest thanks to a charitable donation. The vest is bullet- and stab-proof. (Submitted)

WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cooper is now a little more stylish - and a lot safer.
That’s because the dog received a bullet- and stab-proof protective vest Friday, thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
“Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog would like to thank Vested Interest in K9s Inc. for the protective vest for K9 Cooper,” a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page said Friday. “K9 Cooper is part of the law enforcement team and needs the protection of the vest going into dangerous and life-threatening situations.”
Vested Interest in K9s, located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, has provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.6 million.
In April, the Willmar Police Department’s K-9 officer Axel also received a vest through the charity.
Each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 and a five-year warranty. The average weight is 4 to 5 pounds.
There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Twenty-seven K-9 dogs nationwide died in the line of duty in 2015, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks police fatalities in the line of duty.

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