HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Animal hospital workers bought a bulletproof vest for a police dog that had been shot, then created a nonprofit organization to buy more.
The Daily Star reports that Titan was back at work with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Deputy Albert Sharp two weeks after surgery to get bullet fragments out of his face.
Robert Porter is a canine rehabilitator at the Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center, a 24-hour multispecialty and emergency animal hospital in Mandeville.
He says that after learning the dogs didn't have protective vests, people there bought one for Titan and started LaCOP - for Louisiana Canine Occupational Protection - to buy more. Each vest costs nearly $1,000.
Now all five Tangipahoa Parish dogs have vests, and LaCOP plans buy vests for St. Tammany Parish.