Bulletproof vests donated to Berrien Co. K-9s

Left: Nero and Deputy Crosby. Right: Pokky and Deputy Dyer. (Undated photos courtesy the Berrien County Sheriff's Office.)

BERRIEN COUNTY (WOOD) — Two Berrien County Sheriff’s Office K-9s will be given bulletproof vests after an nationwide online donation drive.

The ‘Occasions’ campaign by Groupon Grassroots raised over $335,000 by suggesting $10 donations to fund vests for police dogs across the country, according to a press release from the Berrien County Sherriff’s office.

As a result, Vested Interest K-9s, Inc., a non-profit, will provide more than 350 K-9s nationwide with bullet and stab-resistant vests. Vests have the phrase “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department” embroidered on them to honor a police dog killed in the line of duty in January.

The two Berrien County dogs who will receive the vests are Belgian Malinoises named Nero and Pokky.

The 3-year-old Nero is partnered with Deputy Brandon Crosby. He is trained in explosives detection, tracking and apprehension.

Pokky, 4, is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension. He is partnered with Deputy Thomas Dyer.

Vested Interest in K-9s is still accepting donations through its website.

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