North Co. woman raising money for protective K9 vests

A police K9 in a protective vest. Credit: KMOV

A Florissant woman is raising money to help police obtain protective vests for K9s.

Sara Carlson, who works as a cardiology nurse at DePaul Hospital, is working to raise money to help police departments get protective vests for their K9s.

Because of her efforts so far, Florissant and Overland police will be getting K9 vests.

“We have five currently vested and we’re in the process of working with a Normandy officer to get his vested as well,” Carlson said.

“It is lifesaving honestly, I mean she could potentially save our dogs’ lives and it’s the greatest thing we could ever get from her,” said Officer Alex Nilson with Florissant Police.

A police K9 can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $18,000 and police say they can find things that an officer can’t such as items hidden in walls, doors and under floors.

The dogs, who legally considered officers, also face real dangers.

“The threat of being stabbed is actually more prevalent than the threat of being shot,” said Michael Arthur with the Florissant Police Department.

The vests cost around $1,000.

A trivia night is being held to raise money for K9 vests at the JFK Center in Florissant on April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

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