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Kevlar for K-9s?

January 19, 2009

Western Correctional Institution Officer Lt. Rita Beal on Friday presented a ballistic vest to National Park Service K-9 Samson and his handler, Ranger Martin Gallery.

Samson will be on explosives-detecting patrol Tuesday for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, wearing a ballistic vest made by Beal.

Ballistic or stab vests for canines typically cost $800 to $2,000. The Division of Correction saves human vests, and Beal redesigns and sews them for dogs.

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