Group to raise funds to buy K9 bulletproof vests

POSTED: 3:27 AM Jul 01 2013   UPDATED: 5:38 PM Jul 01 2013
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -

Chattanooga's finest canines soon will be sporting new life-saving work accessories, the result of a local dog lover's efforts.   

Robin Scott is on a mission to purchase newer and lighter bullet- and stab-proof vests to protect the four-legged members of the Chattanooga Police Department's K9 Unit.  

Scott is forming a nonprofit organization called inVEST in K9 to raise the funds for the department's 11 dogs. 

But it's slow going. At more than $900 apiece, these vests aren't cheap. So far, donations have purchased vests for patrol dogs Kona and Duco. Scott is raising money to buy one for Chico.    

According to Sgt. Tommy Meeks, the K9 Unit has three older vests that weigh about 15 pounds and are difficult for the dogs to wear.