Jagger, a Madison, Wis., police dog, is now fighting crime with the added protection of a bullet-proof vest thanks to donations from faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). Jagger is a two-year-old German shepherd serving as a K9 with the Madison Police Department (MPD). He is also a University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care client.
Each month, the vet school holds a fund drive for a local charity, most of them benefitting animals, according to the university.
The drive, coordinated by SVM Facilities Manager Karen Mier, brought in more than enough to cover the cost of the vest. The funds were donated to Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog, a nonprofit dedicated to providing protective vests for every police dog in the state. The group purchased the vest for Jagger and put the remainder toward body armor for another MPD K9, Slim.
These are the third and fourth sets of canine body armor that SVM students and employees have helped purchase. Mier previously coordinated the collection of funds to vest police dogs with the Adam’s County Sheriff’s Department and the UW–Madison Campus Police.