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Wheeling K-9 gets honorable protective vest

Updated: Monday, August 4 2014, 05:19 PM EDT


Vested Interest in K9's, Inc. recently presented the Wheeling Police Department, K9 Declan and his handler Officer Garrett Pugh with a donation of a K9 ballistic vest.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide nonprofit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of the popular discount gift certificate website Groupon.

Last Spring, Vested Interest in K9's Inc. and Groupon Grassroots launched their nearly one-month "Occasions" campaign, created to outfit police K9's with bullet and stab protective vests.

An online $10 donation option on Groupon suggested interested persons purchase a tax-deductible donation through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests "for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for their community and their handlers."

Declan was one of over 350 law enforcement dogs who received protective body armor nationwide in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department, who died in the line of duty in January.

"It's definitely something needed. Our dogs go into battle with us every day and the bad guys will are going to do whatever they can to get away," said Pugh. "It prevents them from getting hurt -- they are our protectors in their most challenging times."

For more information on Vested Interest in K9's, Inc., go to its website at

Wheeling K-9 gets honorable protective vest

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