The Oneida County Sheriff's Office K9 unit recently received a protective vest for one of the unit's K9 teams.

The vest was donated by the Central New York Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club began its mission to help protect local police dogs in the wake of the 2013 Herkimer shooting that claimed the life of FBI K9 Ape.

They've also donated K-9 vests to Utica and Rome Police Departments.

The custom made vests, typically cost about $1,400 each. The donation was made possible by profits made from the Kennel Club’s Fall 2013 dog show cluster. “As tax payers the CNYKC recognizes the investment made in local K-9 Units and our vest donation is one way to help protect that investment,” said Barbara Acchino, a Kennel Club board member.

The new vest, which is bullet and stab resistant. was issued to K9 "Jago."

Oneida County Sheriff's Office