Collier County K9 gets bullet resistant vest
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NAPLES, Fla.- Two Collier County Sheriff's Office K9s received vests on Thursday. Donations from the vest came from a non-profit and a generous Cape Coral man.
Corporal Alan Catlin with the Collier County Sheriff's Office got his new partner in crime, Disco, about 6 months ago. Disco went through nearly 400 hours of training before he could join the sheriff's office.
"It's amazing what these dogs can do. I tell him to do something and he goes out and does it," said Catlin.
Disco is trained to be fearless and listen to his handler's commands. The dog gives 100% of its effort, 100% of the time and is trained to assist in dangerous situations.
"The common situations we run into include burglary suspects, armed burglary suspects, robberies," said Catlin.
On Thursday, Disco is the latest K9 to get a bullet and stab resistant vest. The protective gear is lightweight and custom-fitted to each dog.
"We have a strong with each dog just like everybody else would have that bond,"
Each vest cost nearly $1,500 each. Neil Monkman helped pay for the vest. You might have caught his holiday light show at his Cape Coral home during Christmas. He collected donations from drivers.
The money raised went to The Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida. In return, the non-profit purchased the vest.
"When I hear of a canine getting injured...you want to see a grown man break down, that's me, breaks my heart. These animals are so dedicated, can't do enough for them," said Neil Monkman.
Vests keep our 4-legged friend safer and dogs like Disco no doubt return the favor.
Another dog at CCSO, Kerel, also received a vest on Thursday. All 7 dogs at CCSO now have a protective vest.