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Aggie raising funds to buy armor for Bryan police dogs

Published On: Jan 04 2013 08:48:35 AM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (AP) -

A Texas A&M University graduate student has launched a fundraising campaign to armor K-9 dogs for the local police department.

Katie Tippett began a campaign last month to buy Kevlar vets for Kohn and Falco, the two Belgian Malinois (MAL'-ihn-wah) dogs working in the Bryan Police Department.

The Eagle of Bryan-College Station (http://bit.ly/ULBils) reports the dogs work primarily narcotics calls but also help with foot chases, searches, tactical squad operations and burglaries.

Tippett is trying to raise almost $2,500 for the vests to protect the dogs. The vests cost about $900 each.

Falco's handler, Officer James Hauke, tells The Eagle that he's grateful the public is showing interest in protecting the dogs.

In his words, "For somebody to take their time and dedicate that toward us, that's pretty impressive."