St. Tammany Sheriff's K9 gets body armor

Published: Feb. 6, 2016 at 12:10 AM CST
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ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Shepherd/Malinois mix will get a custom made bullet and stab protective vest. K9 Pindal has worked with the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office (STPSO) for five years.

The department says the vest was a donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. It's a non-profit located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.

K9 Pindal's vest will have a special embroidery that reads, "In Memory of K9 Betcha, Rutland County Sheriff's Office, VT." STPSO says Wyna Stefanik of Sudbury, Vermont sponsored the vest.

"K9 Pindal and all of our K9 deputies are valuable assets our agency, and we are incredibly thankful to Vested Interest in K9s for this wonderful donation, which will help keep K9 Pindal safe while he is doing his job to keep the citizens of St. Tammany Parish safe,"  Sheriff Jack Strain said.

The department says K9 Pindal tracks missing persons and criminals. He is also trained in criminal apprehension and handler protection. K9 Pindal can also sniff for narcotics and evidence recovery.

The vest is expected to arrive within eight to ten weeks.

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