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Organization working to provide police K-9s with bulletproof vests

By Sarah Dallof | Posted - Feb. 9, 2010 at 10:56 p.m.



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DAVIS COUNTY -- A Davis County woman is taking on a huge project: She wants to provide every Utah police dog with a bulletproof vest.

The dogs are often leading the chase to catch dangerous suspects, yet throughout the state, only 10 percent of them have the vests.

Koda was shot and killed while chasing a burglary suspect through the city on New Year's Day
Koda was shot and killed while chasing a burglary suspect through the city on New Year's Day

The Midvale Police Department is still working through the loss of a dog. Koda was shot and killed while chasing a burglary suspect through the city on New Year's Day.

The story caught the attention of Davis County resident Amy Jensen. After hearing the news, she launched "Koda Armor," a nonprofit organization that aims to get a bulletproof vest for every K-9 unit.

"They have so over-earned that right to be protected," Jensen says.

Midvale senior K-9 handler Kresdon Bennett's dog Kasch is among the lucky few who already have a vest. It's custom fitted, with extra protection on the breastbone to stop a bullet or a knife. The price: a cool $1,900, making Koda Armor that much more important.

"The meaning for us, for me as an instructor and handler, I don't know if there are words for that," Bennett says.

Koda's handler is working with a new dog, Kuno, who arrived in January. According to Jensen's plan, he's in the No. 1 slot to receive a vest from Koda Armor.

"Kuno will be a perfect fit for the first vest," she says.

For more information on Jensen's organization, Koda Armor, CLICK HERE.

E-mail: sdallof@ksl.com

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