Two Douglas County sheriff’s K-9s get bulletproof vests

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Two K9s with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office have been outfitted with bulletproof vests. (Photos: Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Two K-9s with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received ballistic vests after a nationwide Groupon fundraiser brought in more than $39,000.

The Good Pet Collection campaign for Groupon Grassroots was held in May. It raised money to purchase police K-9s with bullet and stab protective vests.

Scooter and Atlas with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be outfitted with the vests, which cost $1,050 apiece.

Groupon Grassroots chose Vested Interest in K-9s, a nationwide nonprofit, as its charity partner. People were asked to donate $10, with all of the money going to purchase the vests for K-9s across the country.

Vested Interest, based in East Taunton, Mass., will provide K-9s with the protective gear in memory of K-9 Kye of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Kye died in August 2014 after being stabbed while pursuing and subduing a burglary suspect.

All vests will be embroidered with “In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department.”