One of the La Vista Police Department's service dogs has received a protective vest of his own.
The department's K9 Unit was selected to receive the $1,006 vest for Tar and his partner, LVPD Officer Mike Loyd, last January.
The vest was donated by Vested Interest in K9s after a fundraising campaign to grant protective vests to police service dogs across the country. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is an all-volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs in the United States.
Tar, one of two La Vista police service dogs, is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, tracking, evidence recovery and handler protection. Tar is often sent into dangerous situations and environments. The vest will provide added protection for him while engaged in these dangerous assignments.
La Vista’s other police service dog, Leda, was outfitted with a protective vest several years ago through another community partner.