High school senior raises money to protect police K-9

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Tue, June 3 2014 at 5:21 PM, Updated: Tue, June 3 2014 at 7:48 PM

Medford, Ore. --  Shyonna Leach is putting her passions into action. The North Medford High School senior hopes to pursue criminology after graduation. She is also a life long dog lover.

"I actually knew my freshman year I wanted to raise money for the K-9s," Leach said.

Her mom is a Medford Police detective. And Shyonna said when her senior project rolled around she didn't have to do much brain storming.

"I was already working on it last summer," said Leach.

She put together "All Paws for a Cause," a dog walking fundraiser, back in October. She hoped to raise money for a bullet proof vest for Medford Police dogs. But $3,900 later she had more than enough for two vests.

"We actually had enough left over to donate to the Jackson County Animal Shelter," Leach said.

Now, she's seeing her efforts come full circle.

"We got them a couple weeks ago and to finally see the final product and be able to open the product and give it to the dogs was a wonderful feeling," said Leach.

Leach will be recognized this Thursday by the Medford City Council for her fundraising efforts. She said she feels comfort knowing the dogs are protected while they're out protecting us.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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