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Newport News K-9 unit receiving protective vests after donation from Anderson Cooper

Newport News K-9 unit receiving protective vests after donation from Anderson Cooper

Newport News four-legged officers are about to have additional protection.

The Newport Newport Police Department announced on Monday that its K-9 units will receive six ballistic vests with remaining funds from an Anderson Cooper donation to the Norfolk Police Department.

The vests will ensure that every dog within the unit is protected, said police spokesman Lou Thurston.

"We are so appreciative," Thurston said. "They're not just a dog, they're a police officer."

There are six dogs in the K-9 unit and two dogs in the organized crime division — with an additional one in training, Newport News police said.

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