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      Richland County police dogs gets bulletproof vests


      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Richland County Sheriff's office now



      has 15 new bulletproof vests



      for its police dogs thanks to



      donations after one of the dogs was shot to death.


      The custom-made vests mean each of the agency's 16 dogs will be



      protected. Sheriff Leon Lott



      says the office has 14 Belgian



      Malinois, one Bloodhound and one Dutch Shepherd.


      Lott says donations for the vests came pouring in after a police



      dog named Fargo was shot



      three times as he and his handler hunted



      for a robbery suspect in December.

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