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Coeur d'Alene Police K9s get protective vests

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Two Coeur d'Alene Police K9s are now fully equipped to fight crime thanks to one local group.

The Coeur d'Alene Dog Fanciers raised money and donated two protective vests to the police department Saturday during the annual Dog d'Alene event downtown.

One officer tells KHQ the vests will protect the K9s from gunshot wounds and knife attacks.

"We're very excited to have these. We haven't had these yet," says Officer Amy Knisley with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, "It's going to take some training and some getting used to but it will be really important in different tactical things we need to do because without [the vests], any edge weapon can do it for a dog."

Police say in any given situation, the K9s are leading the officer when responding to calls, so it's important for them to be fully protected.

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