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National City Police dogs get bulletproof vest

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Four-legged National Police Officers now have the same protection as their two-legged partners.

On Tuesday, the K-9 unit was outfitted with ballistic vests that did not cost the police department a penny.

There's the bond people have with their pets, but the bond those pets have with police is usually a whole different level.

"It's just like any other pet that anyone has at home. You get really close to them," said Officer Raziel Quiroga.

Marko lives with Officer Quiroga. They have been a team for two years and Marko has been a life saver, literally.

"There's been some situations where he's protected me," he said.

While Marko has been protecting his partner, there has been nothing to protect him. It's something Glenn Loader noticed when the department trained at his auto body shop in National City.

Along with the rotary, kwinis, and lions clubs, they managed to raise $10,000. Enough to buy three K-9 vests bringing with it protection, and peace of mind for Sergeant Meeks, the head of the K-9 unit.

"It makes me rest easier because every officer has that extra protection. It's going to help immensely. We all wear body armor for a reason, and those dogs have to go into places we don't go into. We send them into dark buildings and under buildings and crawl spaces" said Sgt. Jeffrey Meeks.

National Police currently have two dogs on the force. A third, named Duke, is coming the first week of August. When he arrives he will have a brand new vest waiting for him.

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