Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog Inc. is holding a series of fundraising events at The Pet Food Shoppe on Route 44 in Lakeville Saturday through Dec. 24 to buy more vests for police dogs.
The man accused of kidnapping two teenage girls rolled in the brush, kicking and punching the police dog trying to catch him.
“He was hitting him in the rib cage,” Brockton Officer Darvin Anderson said. “He could have been seriously hurt.”
What saved Anderson’s specially trained dog, Gomo, that day in Stoughton in 2004 was a canine police vest designed to stop a bullet.
It also serves as a shock absorber.
“He had no problem at all,” Anderson said of Gomo. “He was working the next day.”
Now, the group that gave Gomo that vest is hoping people in the community will give this holiday season to help clothe other police dogs with the protective armor.
Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog Inc. is holding a series of fundraising events at The Pet Food Shoppe on Route 44 in Lakeville on Saturday through Dec. 24 to buy more vests for police dogs.
Photos of pets with Santa will be taken by Sandy Marcal, host of the cable show, “The Pet Zone,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve.
Marcal said the vests can be life-savers for the dogs.
“A lot of the times, the dogs are the first ones on the scene,” she said. “They don’t know what the risk is when they get there. They need that same level of protection.”
Marcal said she’ll take photos of any pet — and has over the years.
“We had a monkey come and a goat,” she said.
The photo packages are $25. The program Saturday will also feature canine demonstrations by Anderson and his dog, Gomo, and Brockton officer John Sturdevant and his dog, Mason.
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