State Police canines outfitted with custom vests


ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine State Police canines face some of the most dangerous situations, often unprotected; but now, thanks to a major donation from a Massachusetts charity called Vested Interest In K9s, 8 of those dogs now have custom-fitted vests.

These vests can stop a bullet or a knife… They also protect the dogs who often run through tough terrain on search and rescue or recovery missions.

For dogs like Landy, who’s a mere 45 pounds, this custom fit makes a huge difference. The donation also saves the department a lot of money, each vest costs nearly $1-thousand. The Petco Foundation is a major contributor to the vests, as was a Mainer, Madeleine Hamersley, who donated quite a bit to help vest her local troop’s canine. NEWS CENTER