Medford Police dogs presented with bullet proof vests

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Thu, June 5 2014 at 5:16 PM, Updated: Thu, June 5 2014 at 10:22 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Two Medford Police dogs will now be a little safer and a little more equipped for their job.

On Thursday at a city council meeting, North Medford senior Shyonna Leach presented two bullet proof vests for patrol dogs. Leach raised about $4000 through her senior project. After buying the two vests, she donated $1500 of leftover money to the Jackson County Humane Society.

Leach said her love of dogs played a big part in her decision to raise money to better protect Medford's police dogs.

"They go into situations that other people wouldn't. So they should be protected. Luckily the vests aren't only protecting in the front, but also in the back," said Leach.

"I think it's awesome," said Medford Police Officer Paul Mellgren.

"You're concerned about everyone else's safety but at the same time you're also worried about your dog, because he is my partner," continued Mellgren.

Originally, Leach intended to raise enough money to buy one bullet proof vest. However, she ended up raising enough to buy two.

The two dogs are considered patrol dogs. Their primary function is to track someone down who runs from police. They also help locate items that suspects throw away as they're running.

 

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