FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - K-9 Rango is a Dutch Shepherd and the latest K-9 at the Frederick County Sheriff's Office to receive a protective vest.
"This vest provides him an added measure of safety. It's my responsibility to protect him and this vest is going to look out for him now, it provides both bullet and stab protection,” said Deputy First Class Chad Atkins of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
Rango works with Deputy First Class Chad Atkins, the two work together during investigations to locate drugs, narcotics, people or items to help apprehend criminals.
"He's has had several apprehensions, and that's not necessarily a physical apprehension, but where we'll go on a track and find a bad guy. The most recent one was a criminal that was burglarizing churches in
Rango is now getting some extra protection; the vest costs $950 and was donated by Vested Interest in K-9’s to the Sheriff's Office.
Rango joined the department last April and is the newest K-9 with the Sheriff’s Office. Atkins says the vest will not only help keep Rango safe, but help them as a team to better serve the community.
"This vest will give me a little piece of mind knowing my partner has an added measure of safety provided to him now," said Atkins.
Vested Interest in K-9’s was established in 2009 and the volunteer organization says it has since donated more than 580 protective vests to law enforcement dogs.