A Massachusetts-based charity has come through big time for police dogs in Maine.
Eight dogs have received new protective vests.
The charity Vested Interests in K-9s, along with the Petco Foundation have provided vests to more than 400 police dogs throughout the nation.
The vests cost nearly a $1,000 apiece.
In October, TV-5 profiled Madeleine Hamersley from Sorrento. She sponsored a vest for Trooper Chris Smith’s dog, Winger. They patrol Washington and Hancock counties. Hamersley also purchased a K9 protective vest for Trooper Rick Moody’s dog, Foster from Troop C in Skowhegan.
Petco provided the remaining funding for Trooper Shawn Porter and Myka, as well as Trooper Eric Verhille and Clint from Troop D in Augusta, and Sergeant Chad Fuller and Gleni from Troop F in Aroostook county.
Maine State Police dog teams respond to about 1,200 calls per year.