Viper, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9, tries out his new protective vest. The Kevlar vest weighs about 10 pounds and is both stab-resistant and bulletproof, said K-9 Officer Andy Thoms. The vest was donated by Pierce Veterinary Clinic. The clinic takes care of Viper, said Dr. Frank During, adding that he wanted to help keep the K-9 safe. Pictured above, left to right, are front: Amanda Hemann, Julie Whipple, Thoms, Viper and During. Back row: Anna Markson, Dr. Jennifer Belz, Missy Kerler, Katie Allyn, Dr. Lisa Hansen, Amy Kurrelmeyer, Dr. Becki Behrendt, Emily Huppert, Dr. Heather Fairbairn, Linda During and Rita Butler.
-- Photos by Judy Wiff
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