A local group donated bullet proof vests to the Peoria County Sherriff’s Office.
The Peoria Humane Society donated two vests made specifically for canines. They’ll be used by Tim and Quincy of the K9 unit.
“These dogs do a lot of things, they do building searches and are in the woods,” says Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy. “These searches are dangerous. A vest helps protect a dog the same way it protects security.”
McCoy says they aren’t just protecting the canines from bullets, but sharp sticks and thorns in the woods. He describes the donation as “tremendous” and will reduce the risk of injury.
“These are deputies and mean a lot to us. So having them protected is a big deal the same way we protect our officers,” McCoy explains.
The Peoria Human Society’s Kitty Yanko says they donated the vests after seeing a need this summer.
“We look for ways to provide support and assistance to animals in the community and this is one way we can do that,” says Yanko.
The vests cost about $1,000 and are high quality according to the Peoria Police Department.
Sheriff McCoy says seven dogs have died nationally from gunshot wounds throughout the country.
Two dogs currently serve in the Sheriff’s Office, but McCoy hints another could join soon.