Police dog standing next to his handler

A K9 police officer with his dog.

The Denver Sheriff Department announced on Thursday that two canines have received vests that protect against bullets and stab wounds.

Vested Interest In K-9s, Inc. is the Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that provided the vests. Since 2009, it has donated protective vests for 3,712 dogs in all 50 states, at a value of $6.9 million. The group provides equipment for dogs working with law enforcement and first responders, but not the military.

The Sheriff Department runs the city’s jails and provides courthouse security. Out of its six dogs, Kuko and Koda received the vests. They are narcotics detection animals and occasionally assist other law enforcement agencies in the state.

Each vest ranges in price from $1,744 and $2,283 and weighs approximately five pounds. Koda’s vest is inscribed with the words “In honor of K9 Blade, Lake County K9 Association,” and Kuko’s has the words "Born to love – Trained to serve – Loyal always.” The inscriptions are at the request of private donors to the nonprofit.

The department added that it is working to procure vests for the remaining four dogs in the unit.

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