Duluth Police Department K-9s Receive Body Armor

Each vest is fitted for the individual dog.

DULUTH, Minn – Two Duluth Police Department K–9s have been wearing body armor for a while now.

Two more of its K–9s received new body armor too.

Riggs and Haas are now getting use to their bullet and stab protective vests.

Riggs is a German Shepherd and will be working with the tactical response team.

His handler Officer Dean Bauers says Riggs is putting his life on the line and the body armor can make a big difference.

“Sometimes we might have to send him to a house by himself and I don’t get to see what he’s encountering,” said Bauers. “Just to know that he’s got an extra level of protection it makes it easier for me to do that.”

The body armor was donated by Vested Interest, an agency that helps provide body armor for police K–9s across the country.

The vest can last for the career of a dog.

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