|K-9s Sport Vests Thanks to Girls |
K-9s Sport Vests Thanks to Girls
By Tech. Sgt. D.E. Manuszewski Jr., 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs.
Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota -- January 26, 2001 (ACCNS) -- Ellsworth's military working dogs are safer today after receiving two bulletproof vests from two Rapid City, S.D., girls.
Senior Airman Sherrie Santiago takes Rambo through an exercise routine while he wears a bulletproof vest donated to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Santiago is a military working dog handler with the 28th Security Forces Squadron.
Air Force photo
Col. Edward Rice Jr., 28th Bomb Wing commander, accepted the vests on behalf of the wing from Abbie and Brooke Daly, ages 11 and 9. The girls worked numerous fundraisers in the community to raise enough money to buy the vests.
Their mother, Shelly Daly, said that Abbie got the idea while reading about a similar program in American Girl Magazine.
They raised most of the money at local stores, veterinarian offices and animal hospitals with the use of donation canisters. They also received money from the entrance fees at the Rapid City Kennel Club's annual dog show.
"This is proof of what a great community we live in," said Maj. Jay Carroll, commander of the 28th Security Forces Squadron. "For these two girls to have this kind of initiative and concern, it really says something about the relationship we have with our Rapid City neighbors."
The girls raised enough for one vest -- each costs $475 -- and an anonymous donor who found out about the project through a story in the Rapid City Journal donated money to buy another.
The vests protect the dogs mainly in the chest area.
"We love animals and this is a great way to protect them," Brooke said.
The girls' goal is to buy enough vests for all organizations in South Dakota that use working dogs.
"It's great that these girls care about the well being and safety of police dogs in our local community," said Staff Sgt. Chad Parde, a military working dog handler. "And that the police dogs' role in law enforcement isn't going unnoticed."