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Police dogs get bulletproof vests

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times

Crime-fighting canines in the Cook County Sheriff's Department, as well as those in five suburban departments, received bulletproof vests Wednesday, courtesy of a not-for-profit group dedicated to the safety of the dogs.

In a ceremony at the Sheriff's Police Canine Training Center in Bremen Township, Illinois Vest-A-Dog delivered vests to two sheriff's police canines: Ridges and his partner, Officer Kevin O'Donnell; and Zeus and his partner, Officer John Thedos.

Illinois Vest-A-Dog has been raising money since 2003 to purchase bullet- and stab-proof vests for police dogs across the state, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

At Wednesday's ceremony, the group also provided protective vests to canines serving in the Northbrook, Markham, LaGrange, Park Forest and Lemont police departments. All of the dogs have been trained at the Cook County center.

Wednesday's donation means 11 dogs in the sheriff's K-9 Unit are now fitted with protective vests, which cost about $825 each.



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