Online drive nets bulletproof vest for Washoe K9

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Updated: 7/14 1:27 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A police dog at the Washoe County sheriff's office has a new bullet-proof vest thanks to an online fundraising campaign by a national nonprofit.

The sheriff's office says the group Vested Interest in K9s Inc. has provided ballistic vests to more than 950 law enforcement vests in 39 states since 2009.

One of them recently went to K9 Astor and the dog's handler, Washoe County deputy Dennis Allen.

The money came in the form of online donations after Vested Interest in K9s was selected as a charity partner by Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of the popular discount gift certificate website Groupon.

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