State police dogs receive donated protective vests

Winger, a 2½-year-old Belgian Malinois, wearing his new protective vest. Winger, a state police canine, patrols in Washington and Hancock counties with Trooper Christopher Smith.
Maine State Police
Winger, a 2½-year-old Belgian Malinois, wearing his new protective vest. Winger, a state police canine, patrols in Washington and Hancock counties with Trooper Christopher Smith.
Posted Nov. 25, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 26, 2013, at 9:22 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Eight Maine State Police dogs have received brand-new protective vests thanks to donations from a Massachusetts charity and the Petco Foundation.

The bullet- and stab-proof vests cost $950 each, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

The vests will provide the dogs protection as they help their state trooper partners throughout the state.

The Petco Foundation strives to raise the quality of life for animals, according to its website.

The following canine teams received the vests: Chris Smith and Winger, Rick Moody and Foster, Kevin Rooney and Howie, Shawn Porter and Myka, Adam Fillebrown and Aros, Eric Verhille and Clint, Matthew Williams and Landy, and Sgt. Chad Fuller and Gleni.

Vested Interest in Canines, a Massachusetts charity, helped donate the vests, McCausland said, along with the Petco Foundation.

Additionally, Madeline Hamersley, 83, of Sorrento, a former New York police officer, contributed to the effort, McCausland said.

State police canine units respond to an average of 1,200 calls per year.

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