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Onondaga County Correction Department K-9s get protective vests

Photo caption: Senior Officer Jennifer Norris and her partner, Brisa, are part of the Onondaga County Correction Department’s K-9 Unit (Photo credit: Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office)

DeWITT, N.Y. — The dogs of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit have a new layer of protection, thanks to an anonymous donor.

The dogs of the sheriff’s K-9 unit, which serves the Correction Department, received bullet- and stab-protective vests from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a not-for-profit headquartered in Massachusetts. The vests were sponsored by an anonymous source, per a news release from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office K-9 Unit was created in 2016 and has been effective in uncovering criminal contraband at the county jail. “Several high-profile arrests have been made as a direct result of the K-9 Unit,” the release said. “Due to the rising heroin epidemic, these K-9s have not only increased security in the correctional setting, but have heightened and contributed to public safety.”

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Vested Interests in K9s Inc. has been around since 2009, and has helped to provide bullet- and stab-resistant vests for some 2,800 dogs in 50 states.

Each vest weighs between four and five pounds and has a five-year warranty. A donation to provide a single vest for a law-enforcement K-9 is $950 and vests are valued at $1,744 to $2,283.

Contact McChesney at cmcchesney@cnybj.com

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