Canton K-9s to get body armor in memory of dog killed in line of duty
CANTON, Ohio– The Canton Police Department’s K-9s will soon have new body armor in memory of Jethro, who was killed in the line of duty.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is providing the rest of the Canton K-9s with bullet and stab protective vests at a discounted rate. The Police K9 Association of Canton is paying for the new equipment, which will be embroidered with “In Memory of K9 Jethro EOW 1-10-2016.”
Canton police said these vests typically cost between $1,795 and $2,234. The department is getting them for $1,050 each.
K-9s Bas, Cash, Pantzer, Vlad and Zayne will get their vests in the next several weeks. K-9s Diesel and Tuko, who replaced Jethro with Officer Ryan Davis, will get their gear when they turn 20 months old.
The man accused of killing Jethro, 22-year-old Kelontre Barefield, is charged with assaulting a police dog and aggravated robbery. He pleaded not guilty early last month.