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All in a (Dog's) Day's Work

Westford's K-9 Unit accompanied others from across the Commonwealth in Holliston yesterday to recieve grants and give demonstrations.

The Westford Police Department's K-9 unit joined with K-9 officers from two other towns and two state agencies to recieve new equipment from the Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog program.

Now in its 11th year, the Vest-A-Dog program is geared primarily towards providing police dogs with bulletproof vests, which the organization says can cost up to $2,400.

Westford's two police dogs: Benny and Misty, recieved new vests along with narcotics samples and a new bite suit for the department to help them train replacing the old suit that had been in use for ten years.

"It was such an honor and pleasure to be around law enforcement professionals," said Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog president Kathy Hinds. "It's an incredible feeling to know that we're not just protecting that canine, but protecting that handler that backs them up. The gift today has far reaching impacts to the community."

Benny, a German Shepard, has become a veteran police dog for Westford, while Misty, a Australian Cattle dog, came onto the force last month.

Westford's K-9 unit got a chance to jump into action immediately after the event, helping with a search on a potential breaking and entering call on Callista Terrace soon after they returned from Holliston.

According to Westford Police captain Victor Neal, Tewksbury's K-9 unit was called for assistance, but was not needed upon the return of the Westford unit.

Neal described the call as nothing serious, saying that a calling saw a vague male party walking through front yards in the area, but no one meeting the description was found.

Mary Khederian February 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Congratulations to Officer Peladeau and the K-9 Unit for obtaining the vests for both Benny and Misty. I've seen both of these dogs up close and personal and know what both are capable of doing. The officers training and the dedication he has is 24/7. It's money well spent.
Mike February 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Nice article on a little-known part of community policing! (On a technical note, pun headlines rarely work...and this wince-inducing one proves that.)
Becky Bronson February 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Nice to know we have 2 police dogs protecting us!

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