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Local Police Dog Gets Added Protection

Sep 1, 2016

A police dog wearing protective gear.
Credit Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

One of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department K-9 officers is getting some extra protection.


Bady, a 20 month-old German Shephard dog who joined the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department last January, will soon be wearing a bullet and stab protective vest.

He is the last of the department's patrol dogs to get the extra protection.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Police Dog Bady
Credit Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

Washtenaw County undersheriff Mark Ptaszek says the police dogs deserve the same protection that sheriff deputies are provided.

"The dogs do the same work as the deputy sherrifs do, so we wanted to make sure they have the same protection as the deputy sheriffs do," Ptaszek says.

Money for the K-9 vest is being donated by Theodore Sipple of Manchester and comes from a non-profit organization called Vested Interest in K-9's.

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