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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 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."