ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The K9 unit at the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office will be receiving ballistic vests after a national Groupon fundraiser raised more than $335,000.
The Occasions campaign for Groupon Grassroots raised the money to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab protective vests.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachussetts-based nonprofit, will be providing more than 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of Rocco, a K9 with the Pittsburgh Police Department who was killed in the line of duty in January.
All vests will be embroidered with In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department.
There are about 30,000 police dogs in the United States. Since 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests.