Police Dogs Receive Bulletproof Vests from 'Guardian Angel'

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Bulletproof Vest for K9 cop pictureNorbert von der Groeben, Daily News

Three police dogs in Palo Alto, Calif. are the latest crime-fighting canines to receive a special gift from Susie Jean of Socorro, N.M.: bulletproof and stab-proof kevlar vests.

"Palo Alto officers said they had coveted the vests for years but couldn't afford them at retail prices of more than $1,500 each," reports the San Jose Mercury News. But last fall, a resourceful police dispatcher wrote to Jean and her non-profit organization, Vest 'N P.D.P., which raises money to buy bulletproof and stab-proof vests to donate to police dogs across the country.

"It's my passion, and I just really believe in this cause, and I just do what I can to protect as many police dogs as I can," Jean tells Paw Nation. "I have a supplier who sells the vests to me at cost for $700 each, so I can protect two dogs at the price of one."

After several months of fundraising, Jean -- who's been called "guardian angel to canine cops" -- was able to procure the vests for the dogs. Last week, she traveled to Palo Alto to present German shepherd police dogs Aris, Amigo and Ilan with the protective vests, stitched with their names, reports the San Jose Mercury News. "Two of the dogs jumped up on me like they knew [what I was doing there] and were saying, 'thank you.'" Jean says.

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