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West Valley City in’vests’ in its police dogs

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-20 22:33:20-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The West Valley City Police Department is outfitting its four-legged officers with bullet-proof vests.

The police department said this will protect the six dogs in its K9 unit from gun shots, stabbings, explosives, and blunt force trauma.

The vests came thanks to a nationwide Groupon campaign that raised $335,000, and were manufactured by a charity organization called “Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” The group has outfitted many other police departments around the country.

Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.

(Note: the above photos show the dogs without the vests. Check for updates.)