Money raised for an Ohio police dog that was shot and killed will fund custom protective vest for other K-9 officers

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Money raised for the care of an Ohio police dog that was shot and later died will fund custom protective vests for five other K-9 officers from the same department.

A 3-year-old Canton police K-9 named Jethro was shot repeatedly while investigating a Jan. 9 break-in at a grocery store. He died the next day.

The Plain Dealer reports a crowdfunding effort raised nearly $32,000, but the clinic that treated the dog didn’t charge the department.

A Massachusetts-based nonprofit group called Vested Interest in K9s Inc. offered to help Canton get ballistic vests for its other police dogs for a reduced price. They’ll cost about $1,050 each, or half the usual price.

The remaining funds that were raised will pay for further care of the department’s dogs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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