K9 officers receive donated bullet proof vests

Nonprofit group works to provide needed equipment

READING, Pa. - Some special police officers are getting new gear.

"It's important just like us," said Joshua Faust with the Reading Police Department. "We go into situations where the vest could be valuable to the saving their life, whether it's a shooting, a stabbing."

Four K-9 officers, three from the Berks County Sheriff's Office and one from the Reading Police Department, slipped on bulletproof vests.

K9 officer, Nero, received his first vest, and he's ready to get to work. Roxy's been fitted for a slightly smaller design.

"Unfortunately, we see everyday where another k-9 officer was injured or killed in the line of work, these vests are invaluable to us--they protect our dogs," Deputy Sheriff Guy Lehman said.

The vests can take up to 90 days to make and cost almost 1$,500 a piece.

Luckily, the non-profit Hounds On Working Leashes, or HOWL, stepped in to get all of these furry officers geared up.

"We want to give them the best equipment, make sure their dog is protected and they can do the job that they need to do," said James Kutz, president of H.O.W.L.

After the dogs get fitted for their vest, they head to the training center to test it out

"We'll do some agility work and some running cause we want to make sure that vest doesn't hinder the dogs movement and work ability," Kutz said.

Visit the Hounds On Working Leashes website for more information or to donate to the organization.

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