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CEDAR CITY — Police K-9 Max will now be protected as he performs his daily duties protecting others.
The Cedar City Police Department received a bullet and stab protective vest for one of its two K9s, Max, thanks to a donation from a nonprofit organization. While Vested Interest in K9s Inc. donated the vest, there was some additional local support.
"The vest was sponsored by Joanna Boyd of Leeds, Utah and embroidered with the sentiment 'Born to Love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always,'" a Cedar City Police Department Facebook post says.
According to Sgt. Clint Pollock, Boyd connected Cedar City police with the nonprofit. The department then had to go through an application process and meet a series of requirements to receive the donation.
Each vest is valued between $1,744 and $2,283, according to the Facebook post.
Max is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, the same breed as the dog who is credited with chasing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi through an underground tunnel. Max is a hard-working dog, certified in both patrol and narcotics, but he also enjoys KONG toys, chew toys and, of course, bite sleeves. He's been a member of the police department since October 2017 and started his formal training in January 2018.
"He loves being part of the Cedar City Police K9 team and is excited every day he gets to put his skills to work," the post reeds. "On his days off he enjoys long runs with his handler and being lazy at home."