Mason police dog to receive new protective vest

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Extra protection for one of Mason's finest is on the way. Major, a Mason police dog, will receive a new bullet and stab-protective vest.

Major works with Officer Michael Bishop at the Mason Police Department. He began working with Bishop in February 2012. Major was born in Germany and celebrated his fourth birthday last August.

The four-legged officer will soon be a bit more protective thanks to the Massachusetts based non-profit, Vested Interest in K9s. The charity's mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5-year warranty.

Major is one of two police dogs at the Mason Police Department. Timber works with Officer Brad Walker. Both dogs assist officers in Mason and neighboring departments in front line operations. Their efforts help keep the officers and community safe. In addition, both dogs have made numerous appearances at community events and festivals.

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