LORAIN — They help police search the homes of suspected drug dealers and look for violent fugitives. Until Tuesday, the three German shepherds of the Lorain Police Department were virtually unprotected.
In a ceremony, members of the Fraternal Order of Police in Ohio presented the Police Department with three ballistic vests and three cooling vests for the department’s dogs.
Lorain police Sgt. Buddy Sivert said the department previously had one bulletproof vest for all the dogs. The ballistics vests mean that the dogs will be more protected when police arrest a potentially violent criminal, while the cooling vests will give the animals relief after training or walking long distances in hot weather.
“I’ve seen dogs just shut down,” Sivert said about the effect summer heat has on the police dogs.
Police started working with Kriss, 3, and Garp, 5, in 2011 and Scotty, 2, in 2012.
When members of the FOP learned that the dogs had little protection, a campaign began to raise the $3,000 needed.