Two Connecticut Police K9 Get Protective Vests

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K9 vestConnecticut State Police K-9 Arek and K-9 Union are now suited up to take on the bad guys. They just got their bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Arek is a four-year-old German Shepard trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles, obedience and narcotics detection. K9 Arek works at Troop H in Hartford along with Troop First Class Matthew Herz. K-9 Arek’s vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Hairy Barker’s K9 Activity Center of Deep River. His vest has been embroidered with the sentiment “Safety from Hairy Barker’s K9 Activity Center.” K9 Union is a three-year–old German shepherd who is trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles, obedience and narcotics detection. K9 Union works at Troop A in Southbury alongside Trooper Christopher Porrini. Union’s vest is sponsored by Beth DeGroat of Stafford. His vest has been embroidered with the sentiment “In Dogs We Trust, the DeGroat Family.” The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States

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