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Warner Robins police dog to get protective vest

WARNER ROBINS -- A city police dog is expected to benefit from a $950 bullet-and-stab-protective vest, thanks to a nonprofit group that has a working dog’s back.

The nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s, which provides vests and other aid to police dogs, offered to donate the vest after raising $335,000 through a nationwide Groupon event. Groupon offers discounted gift certificates daily on its website.

“Its great that he’s getting a protective vest because we deploy with the SWAT team, and he’s more likely to face people that want to hurt him,” Warner Robins police Sgt. James Bish, the dog’s handler, stated in a news release. “Rasty is an officer just like I am, so it’s nice to have that protection.”

The 7-year-old German shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix has been on the Warner Robins police force for five years. Rasty specializes in sniffing out drugs and capturing suspects. He only responds to commands in Czechoslovakian.

The nonprofit plans to donate about 350 vests to police dogs across the country in memory of Rocco, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police dog killed in the line of duty in January 2015. “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police” is embroidered on each vest.