PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 01/21/18 12:00 P.M.
Ogi's new gear has arrived.
Deputy Tyler Marlow, Ogi's handler, says the department received the vest earlier in the week. It's a custom-made bulletproof, stab proof vest donated by Vested Interest in K9s Inc. The organization says protecting K9s is its priority.
Deputy Marlow says the vest will help protect Ogi while on the job.
"Ogi is an adult purpose dog so he is trained in apprehension as well as narcotics so he helps us locate drugs and he helps us. He protects us," he said.
"And it's [the vest] a great asset them donating the vest to us it saves the department a lot of money."
The 3-year-old German Shepherd joined the force last spring.
ORIGINAL STORY: 10/19/17 5:07 PM
Ogi is a k-9 of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and he will soon receive new gear thanks to a generous donation.
Vested Interest in K-9's, Inc., provide bullet and stab protective vests, along with other assistance to law enforcement dogs throughout the country.
Captain Robert Sims says a vest can range from$1500 to $2500 per K-9.
Captain Sims says, "The vest itself is like what I'm wearing now. It is a ballistic vest, but it also has the added benefit of being a spike stab resistance vest."
He says the goal is to provide these types of Vests to all of its k-9's in the future.