Woman raises thousands for K-9 bullet proof vests

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 9:50 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 10:44 PM CDT
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Source: WBRC video
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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Molly Whitehead dropped off a $2,400 check to Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office Friday.

The money will help protect dogs in the department's canine unit.

"We started reading all the postings about police, sheriff canines that were being killed because of old outdated vests. No funds to even buy a vest. And we decided we wanted to something for one unit somewhere in our home state," Whitehead said.

Right now, the Sheriff's Department has two out of date bullet proof vests for the seven dogs in the canine unit.

"It's great that we've got the public that's thinking about our officers and our canines which are officers too," Sheriff Ron Abernathy.

Whitehead and her friends held a yard sale to raise some money and convinced some businesses to match what they made.

She says their goal is to make sure officers on four legs are as protected as those on two.

"It's obvious when you read article after article about them being killed protecting their partner," Whitehead went on to say.

The sheriff's office is adding money to the donation to buy as many vests as possible for dogs in the K-9 unit.

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