Tyson is one of two dogs at the Sheriff's Office set to receive a customized bullet proof vest. They're coming from a non- profit called "Cover Your K-9." The organization also gave the department three emergency kits. They include a variety of medical supplies to help treat the animals if they're injured in the line of duty. Deputies and their four legged partners received the items -- and training on how to use -- them during a seminar near Sacramento earlier this month.
"We are very proud that we were able to send our officers, along with their partners, up to that special class to get the needed equipment for them to do their job and heaven forbid anything happens, to save their life," Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said.
The non-profit relies on donations to provide the bulletproof vests and supplies.