A&M Grad Student Raises Funds To Armor Police Dogs

A Texas A&M grad student has launched a campaign to buy body armor for police dogs.

(KBTX-TV photo/file)

BRYAN (January 4, 2013)--Texas A&M University graduate student Katie Tippett has launched a fundraising campaign to armor K-9 dogs for the Bryan Police Department.

Tippett began a campaign last month to buy Kevlar vets for Kohn and Falco, the two Belgian Malinois dogs that serve the Bryan Police Department.

The dogs work primarily narcotics calls but also help with foot chases, searches, tactical squad operations and burglaries.

Tippett is trying to raise almost $2,500 for the vests to protect the dogs.

The vests cost about $900 each.

Falco's handler, Officer James Hauke, said he's grateful the public is showing interest in protecting the dogs.

"For somebody to take their time and dedicate that toward us, that's pretty impressive,” he said.

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