Family donates protective vest to K-9 officer

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A K-9 officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections now has an extra layer of protection.

K-9 Officer Odie received a ballistic vest during a ceremony Monday morning in Cranston.

Kevin Marcotte donated the vest in honor of his father, Albert Marcotte, who worked for the Department of Corrections for nearly 30 years.

Marcotte said all officers, including K-9s, deserve protection so they can come home to their families.

“It’s a shame that these dogs that cost so much rely on donations from my family and other families for protective equipment, when they should be given vests the minute they are sworn in as officers because that’s what they are,” Marcotte said.

Odie’s protective vest was made by “Vested Interest in K-9’s,” a nonprofit group based in Taunton.

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