Group donates new vests for Waterloo police dogs

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo’s three dogs are sporting new protective vests designed to ward off gunshots and knife blows.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group called Vested Interest in K9s donated the safety gear for dogs Robby, Spike and Mitch.

The vests are made by Armor Express of Central Lakes, Mich., and cost about $950 each.

They will replace vests that protected against smaller-caliber bullets.

Sgt. Gus Farmer, who partners with Robby, says the Waterloo dogs haven’t been shot or stabbed, but they have been kicked and punched.

The vests take some of the force out of such blows.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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