Police dogs often face just as much danger as human officers. That's why the donation of a new protective K-9 vest is welcome news for the Holmen Police Department.
Officer Terry Kind is the K-9 handler for the department's dog Ori. The team has been partners for almost two years.
During that time, Central Animal Hospital in Onalaska has been donating medical care for the dog. But today, the veterinary clinic went above and beyond what the police department expected by donating a stab and bullet proof dog vest.
"We just feel that it's important to protect the dogs. We're taking care of him for all of his medical needs. And so we want to make sure that we can keep him as safe as possible when he's out keeping the community safe," said Central Animal Hospital Veterinarian Douglas Kratt.
"It's going to give me a sense of comfort knowing that if I stick him in a high risk situation, he is going to be somewhat protected," said Officer Kind.
The vest cost $900. Central Animal Hospital also donates medical care to K-9 units in the Town of Campbell, Onalaska and the Wisconsin State Patrol.