Streets safer for California K-9 corps
An Oceanside police dog models its new vest
Girl raises money for bulletproof vests
June 15, 1999
Web posted at: 9:46 p.m. EDT (0146 GMT)
OCEANSIDE, California (CNN) -- A K-9 police dog unit in
Southern California is safer thanks to the efforts of a 10-year-old girl.
All six of Oceanside's police dogs have been outfitted with
bulletproof vests as a result of a fund-raising campaign
started by young Stephanie Taylor.
The sixth-grader said she was saddened by the death of a New
Jersey police dog named Solo, who was killed in the line of
A Southern California company makes bulletproof vests for
canines, lighter versions of the ones that officers wear. But
the city's police department couldn't afford to outfit its K-
9 unit at a cost of $475 each.
That's when Stephanie took matters into her own hands.
"I heard of other people doing fund-raisers, so I started one
myself," she said.
Her efforts were a huge success. She raised enough money in
just one month to buy vests for the entire K-9 unit.
Stephanie now hopes to continue the campaign until all 100
police dogs in San Diego County are given vests.
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