SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — 14 Northern California police dogs received custom bulletproof vests on San Francisco’s Treasure Island Wednesday, thanks to fundraising efforts over the past year.
Dan Skilatchi with the Redwood City Police Department and his K-9 Cliff were among those fortunate to receive a vest.READ MORE: UPDATE: Penngrove House Fire, Spot Fires Contained; Evacuations North of Petaluma Lifted
“Anytime I’ve searched for high-risk suspects or anything like that, the dog goes [into] his vest. He loves it, he loves wearing it,” Skilatchi said.
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The vests will protect the dogs from a bullet or knife attack. They connect to the K-9’s with military-style clips used for parachuting.READ MORE: Five-Car Pile Up Causes Massive Backup on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Steve LeCouve of the Police and Working K-9 Foundation, said officers also received heat alarms to monitor the temperature inside of patrol cars.
LeCouve said because dogs don’t have the ability to perspire, vehicles with K-9’s typically have air conditioning running constantly.
$121,000 was raised for the heat alarms and bulletproof vests through the foundation and corporate sponsor Pet Food Express.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Man Shot During East Oakland Carjacking; Latest In Spate Of Gun Violence
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