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Boone Police K-9 Maus, pictured with Officer Justin Warren, will receive a protective vest as a result of a nationwide fundraiser. Photo submitted.



Originally published: 2013-03-19 12:27:09
Last modified: 2013-03-19 12:27:09

Protective vest donated for Boone K-9

by Staff Reports

Boone Police Department's K-9 "Maus" will receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a national nonprofit's fundraising efforts, the department announced Tuesday.


Maus, a German shepherd donated to the department in 2011, was 51 on a list of 100 police dogs chosen to receive a protective vest through Vested Interest in K-9s Incorporated, a fundraising organization.


A nationwide, online Groupon Grassroots fundraiser was held with Vested Interest in K-9s as the charity partner. For the last several weeks, Groupon has been accepting $10 donations on behalf of the effort.


Donors can still contribute through midnight Wednesday at http://www.groupon.com/k9 to help police dogs in other locations. All funds will be allocated to purchase the protective vests for four-legged crime fighters, according to the website.


"I am so thankful that Maus will now have a protective vest to wear while working," said Master Police Officer Justin Warren, Maus's handler. "I go to work every day wearing my ballistic vest. Now Maus can, too."