The Shenandoah Police Department now owns a bullet proof and stab-resistant vest for its K-9 investigator, "Gus."
The vest is a donation from a nine-year-old Stephens City girl, Jessica Story. She raised money for the vest with the help of the "Pennies for Police Dogs" program. Officers say the vest will be put to good use.
"It's going to be protective for him incase we have to go in to a barricade situation and someone's armed with a firearm or a knife," says Officer Paul Davis, Shenandoah Police Officer and K-9 Handler.
Gus is trained to detect drugs and other narcotics and help out with searches. He's also trained to protect his handler, who can now protect him.
If you would like to support the "Pennies for Police Dogs" program, you can contact Jessica Story. Checks should be made out to "Pennies to Protect Police Dogs" and mailed to Jessica Story, P.O. Box 1024, Stephens City, VA 22655.