Photo courtesy of the Indiana County (Pa.) Sheriff's Department

Photo courtesy of the Indiana County (Pa.) Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Robert Fyock of the Indiana County (Pa.) Sheriff's Department rests easier now that his K-9 partner, German shepherd Bak, wears a stab- and bullet-resistant vest donated by a concerned citizen.

Devin Kundla purchased the vest and donated it on behalf of the Indiana County Humane Society, for which he is a director.

"Please accept my sincere thank you for your generous purchase of the ballistic bullet/stab protective vest for K-9 Bak," Sheriff Fyock told Kundla in a letter. "Knowing that he now has and will have better protection when working in the future does make me feel a lot better."

Fyock says that after Pittsburgh PD K-9 Rocco was killed in January, people became more aware of the need for police dogs' protection on the job. A proposed Pennsylvania bill being called "Rocco's Law" would amend Pennsylvania's Dog Law to increase penalties for the torture or killing of a police dog from a third- to a second-degree felony.

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