East Hartford Police Department K9 Casus has received body armor thanks to a donation from a non-profit group.
The pup received a bullet and stab protective vest which was donated from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Protectors of Animals of East Hartford.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a charity in Massachusetts. Their mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other gear for dogs in law enforcement.
"Very special thanks go to the generosity and efforts of Vested Interest in K9's Incorporated, and Protectors of Animals of East Hartford," East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom said in a statement. "Safety is our top priority, not only for the public, but for our officers as well, which includes our K9s."
K9 Casus Belli joined the East Hartford Police Department Patrol Division in June 2015. During his past three years, he and his handler Officer Todd Mona have received multiple awards and recognition for their success.
Mona said in a statement, "To Vested Interest In K9s, Incorporated, Protectors of Animals of East Hartford, and to all those who helped raise the funds for this body armor, K9 Casus Belli and I thank you. We're forever grateful for your generosity."