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They raised approximately $450 at our Talent Event for the Sheboygan Falls Canine Protection Vest.
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Ken Hedler7:07 p.m. MST February 19, 2015
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HURRICANE – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office now has more of a “vested interest” in a member of the 2-dog K-9 unit that WCSO imported from Holland and assigned to a handler.
Therefore, it seemed fitting that Tess, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, now wears a vest with a 1,000-thread-count canvas insulated with 13 layers of Kevlar to protect it from bullets and stabbings.
Tess aids its handler, Deputy Mike Graf, in arrests and narcotics detection while WCSO’s other K-9 is assigned to Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Graf, WCSO Sheriff Cory Pulsipher and other members of the sheriff’s office attended a ceremony Thursday in which Nick Whitney, owner and chief executive officer of Tread Armament and Weaponry in Washington City, fitted Tess with the vest.
The donation of the vest was made possible by a fundraising drive that Cathy Williams of Apple Valley has spearheaded through Vest Dixie’s Area K-9s, which she founded in October.
Williams coincidentally founded her organization during the same month that Whitney opened Tread.
She said her group is raising money to supply vests to the 10 dogs serving law enforcement agencies in Washington County, with five more dogs to go.
Whitney said the vests cost about $1,000 brand-new while he was able to negotiate the price to $750 from the supplier, Bullet Blocker of Boston.
He said a major aspect of his business is e-commerce, selling bullet-resistant backpacks to schoolchildren, and noted more than 107 school shootings have occurred in the United States since the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012 in Connecticut.
The vest goes across Tess’s chest and sides, Graf said.
He said Tess will wear the vest whenever the dog is deployed.
The vest weighs 2.5 pounds and is not a burden on Tess’s 65-pound body.
“It provides her a bit of protection,” Graf said.
He said the donation of the vest makes it possible for WCSO to spend the money instead on equipment.
Meanwhile, Williams said she is continuing to raise money to buy the vests. She said her organizations accepts donations through GoFundme.com.
Williams said she also will raise money during the Dogtown Half Marathon from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Staheli Family Farm, 3400 Washington Field Road, Washington City.
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Local organization raises funds to outfit police K9 with protective vestPOSTED 7:59 P
POSTED 7:59 PM, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, BY ZACH WHITNEY, UPDATED AT 10:00PM, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
HURRICANE, Utah – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office got a potentially life saving donation Thursday for one of it’s newest members. A local non-profit group outfitted the sheriff’s K9, Tess, with a bullet proof vest.
There are about 10 K9s working with different agencies throughout Washington County, but according to resident Cathy Williams, only about half of them have bullet proof vests. That’s why she decided to do something about it.
“I just wanted to make sure all of our police dogs in Washington County had this protection,” said Williams, who founded the group Vest Dixie’s Area Police K9’s. “I kept hearing too many stories about police dogs around the country getting killed, either stabbed to death or shot.”
Williams teamed up with local armament dealer TREAD to purchase their first military grade vests to donate to Tess. Handler Deputy Mike Graf said it will go a long way toward helping Tess be ready for any suspect encounter.
“To be able to protect them and give them the benefit of the same ballistics vests that we wear is great,” Graf said.
The vest retails at around $1,000, and while it may seem like a standard piece of material, budgets are tight and sometimes, as with the Washington County Sheriff’s unit, funds are not readily available.
“Our budgets for the K9 are small,” Garf said. “So without people stepping up and helping us out, it goes a huge distance.”
Williams said she was able to raise the funds for one vest in about three months. She hopes to continue those efforts to get all those dogs covered with that protection.
“Just knowing she’s going to be out there, with a lot more protection now, just makes me feel a lot better,” Williams said.