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Newport News Sheriff’s Office K-9s measured for new protective gear

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 18:28:42-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va . – Tuesday, the Newport News Sheriff’s Office measured Spike and Dutch, two of their five K-9 deputies, for life-saving, bullet-resistant vests.

These measurements will help ensure the vests fit properly, providing both safety and comfort to the K-9s as they work.

Dutch, the yellow lab, is involved in narcotics searches.

Spike, the Dutch Shepard-Belgian Malinois mix, also works in narcotics searches and is in training for patrol.

Thanks to a grant from the Police Association of Virginia, these K-9s can now be fully protected when conducting search-and-rescue, patrol and narcotics search. Efforts continue for further funding so all five K-9s can be outfitted with these vests as well.