CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A Coral Gables police K-9 officer will soon be equipped with a bullet and stab-proof vest, thanks to a donation by a couple whose dog passed away earlier this year.
Bertram and Cindy Goldsmith donated $950 to go toward the K-9's vest, which was provided by the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
Kaiser is a 3-year-old German shepard who is certified in patrol/apprehension and explosives detection.
His vest will be embroidered with the words, "In memory of Sadie Ophelia," in honor of the Goldsmiths' beloved mix-breed dog.
Vested Interest in K9s has provided more than 1,300 K-9 officers in 49 states with vests through donations that it receives from private and corporate sponsorships.
Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.
According to police, Kaiser was born in Holland and was sent to the U.S. before his first birthday to become a police dog.
He was assigned to Coral Gables Police Officer Orlando Munoz in August 2012.
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