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Fundraiser Helps Outfit K-9 Officers With Bulletproof Vests

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Some of the state’s finest officers with four legs showed off their skills as a part of a fundraiser Saturday in St. Paul.

The group Vested Interest in K-9s raises money to provide K-9 officers bullet- and stab-protective vests.

Krischel Estrella of Vested Interest says vests can cost nearly $3,000 each, so fundraisers make a big difference for local departments.

“Unfortunately, a lot of departments don’t have the budget to cover them. And while they’re required for the human officer, often times those vests aren’t even provided by the department for the human officer,” Estrella said. “The K-9 is unfortunately sometimes last on the list for those funds.”

Two private donors helped fund the vests for a K-9 in Plymouth and one in Edina.

Organizers hoped to raise enough money Saturday to help a K-9 officer in Princeton and possibly a fourth dog as well.

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