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.