Six West Valley City police dogs are about to receive vests to protect them from guns, knives and tire irons, thanks to a Massachusetts non-profit.
The six canines — Copper, Taz, Lobo, Halo, Sam and Chief — will receive the ballastic vests on Tuesday. The vests help protect them from "shots, stabbings, explosives, and blunt force trauma such as being kicked, punched, or beaten with a weapon or other dangerous object such as a bat or tire iron," according to a West Valley City police news release.
In December 2013, a naked man allegedly bit Lobo's neck and clawed at his face while police were trying to take the man into custody in a Costco parking lot. Lobo was not badly hurt and returned to work the next day, Deputy Police Chief Mike Powell said at the time.