SUNY Canton Group Buys Bullet-Proof Vests For K-9s

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Massena Police K-9 Patrol Officer Travis MacDonald can't imagine a work day without his canine friend Vigo.

"He stays at home with me, which helps create the bond or further the bond," said McDonald.

To keep Vigo safe at work, the Criminal Justice Student Association at SUNY Canton raised more than $2,000.

The money went to buying custom-made bullet proof vests for Vigo and two other K-9s from the sheriff's departments in Lewis and Oneida Counties.

"Their ability to either track suspects or detect narcotics is just a tremendous asset to any agency," said McDonald.

"Just to know we're making a difference in the community is fulfilling," said Candace Rankin, association vice president.
 
Raising the money wasn't easy. It took the Criminal Justice Association about a year and a half to raise the funds.

"We did fundraising, we sold lottery tickets, raffle tickets, dog t-shirts, save the K-9 t-shirts," said Dylan Barringer, association president.

Hard work, but worth it to protect the lives of officers, their dogs and the bond they share.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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