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      Protective vests for Marquette K9 units

      Marquette area K9 unites get protective vests

      Marquette County police K9 units will be safer in the line of duty now, thanks to new protective vests.

      The Marquette City Police and county sheriff's department received a grant from Vested Interest in K-9s, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization.

      K9 units Frodo, Scud and Czar are now equipped with bullet and stab proof Kevlar vests. The K9 handlers say some dogs take a little time to get adjusted to the new gear.

      "Each dog is different; my dog took to it right away, just because he's kind of really active and spunky. Not that the other dogs aren't active or spunky, just that when they get something on, they act a little different until they get used to it, but it doesn't take very long for them to acclimate to it," said Sgt. Marty Munger of the Marquette Police Department.

      "These K9s are a tool for us and they can help protect us so we want to make sure these dogs are safe, also," said Cpl. Errol Lukkarinen of the Marquette County Sheriff's Department.

      The vests cost about $900 each. Vested Interest in K9s has helped provide more than 400 K9 vests across the country.