Six local police dogs get new protective vests

Six local police dogs get new protective vests
Photos courtesy of the Lakewood Police Department.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Six local police dogs will now be a little bit safer in the line of duty after being given new protective vests.

The bullet- and stab-protective vests were donated by a Massachusetts non-profit organization called Vested Interest in K9s, according to the Lakewood Police Department. In all, the organization raised $6,300 to purchase the vests.

Police dogs from the Kent Police Department, Lakewood Police Department and Okanogan County Sheriff's Office were given new vests.

Through private and corporate sponsorships, the non-profit has provided more than 930 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009, according to police.

It was just last year that a Kent K9 named Kato was stabbed while while tracking a man wanted for assault. Kato survived the attack and is back at work. A Portland police dog named Mick was shot and killed earlier this month while protecting his partner.