Medford K9 Units Get New Gear

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Thanks to a Southern Oregon student, Medford Police K9 units are wrapped in ballistic protection.

Shyonna Leach held fundraisers to pay for the vests as part of her senior project at North Medford High School. She raised nearly $4,000 to cover the cost of two bullet proof vests for the dogs helping on patrol. “I’ve always loved dogs so to finally be able to do a project for dogs is really exciting,” said Leach.

Medford Police officers take care of the dogs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The highly trained dogs are from Holland.

“I think it was neat that she was able to see the need and meet that need and hopefully it ends up helping us out down the road,” said Officer Paul Mellgren.

Leach’s project didn’t stop there. She raised so much money that she not only covered the cost of two vests, but also donated more than $1,000 to the Jackson County Animal Shelter.