Central Illinois police dogs get protective vests

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) _ Two police dogs at the Normal Police Department in central Illinois are receiving protective vests to wear while on duty.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/1s5wvsu ) reports that Gunner and Bartlett are two of more than 350 police dogs across the country that will receive the protection through a fundraising effort dubbed Vested Interest in K9s Inc. The campaign raised more than $335,000 for bullet- and stab-proof vests for dogs after a police dog named Rocco was fatally stabbed in Pittsburgh last January.

Gunner and Bartlett help the Normal Police Department with drug searches and tracking felonies and violent crimes.

The fitted vests cost about $950 each. They’re expected to arrive early in the new year.
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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com