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Vest-A-Dog program provides bullet proof vests for K9 police dogs

Courtesy: Jessica Erickson Courtesy: Jessica Erickson

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Vest-A-Dog program provides bullet proof and stab proof vests for K9 officers, but many law enforcement agencies do not have the funds needed to provide vests for their police dogs and rely on donations to purchase vests through Vest-A-Dog Wisconsin.

Madison Police Officer Rose Mansavage and her K9 partner, Officer Falko received vests. They join Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend to talk about the program.

"Police dogs provide a great service to our communities, from apprehending dangerous criminals to locating evidence to helping remove illegal drugs and weapons from our neighborhoods," said Pam Clapper, President of the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers. "The least we can do is make sure they have the protective vests that can save their lives in the line of duty. We are very proud to donate vests for two Madison K9 officers."

Officer Henry Wilson and his K9 partner Officer Boris were the second team to receive vests.

The goal of Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog is to provide a bullet proof and stab proof vest for every police dog in Wisconsin. Ninety-five percent of all law enforcement agencies and police departments do not have the funds necessary to purchase body armor that can save the lives of their police dogs.

Individuals interested in donating can do so online by clicking here.

You can also mail donations to Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog at 4459 Rockingham Drive, Janesville, WI 53546.

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