NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio â€“ â€˜Vested Interest in K9sâ€™ donated a bulletproof vest to the Perry County Sheriffâ€™s Office for their two-year-old dog named Argo. The vest can cost up to $2,000 and Sgt. David Briggs said itâ€™s the same vest that the deputies wear only modified to fit a dog.
Argo is the only dog in the Perry County K-9 unit and Sgt. Briggs said the vest will help with Argoâ€™s safety when he goes into dangerous situations.
â€œHe plays a huge role with everything we do,â€ said Sgt. Briggs about Argo. â€œHeâ€™s a huge crime deterrent. People that think about resisting, change their mind when they hear the dog. They think about running, they change their mind when they hear Argo.â€
Argo was purchased from Germany and has served with the sheriffâ€™s office for a year now. Sgt. Briggs said that Argo is with him 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that Argoâ€™s accomplishmentâ€™s are second to none.
Heâ€™s got over a half a million dollars in narcotics seizers in his first year of service,â€ said Sgt. Briggs. â€œHeâ€™s got three criminal apprehensions and a successful track where he was able to locate three missing juveniles in Perry State Forrest. He picked up a track that was four hours old and followed it into the woods.â€
Sherriff Barker said that Argo cost $10,000, including his training, and was paid for entirely by generous donations from Perry County residents.