BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Bainbridge Public Safety's K-9 is a little bit more safe thanks to a new protective vest.
"All of use have our vest on, so I feel like he needs to have one too." said George McMillan, K-9 officer for Bainbridge Public Safety
Officer George McMillan and his fury friend Kenzo have been through a lot of tough situations together, which makes it only more imperative that Kenzo is as protected like McMillan.
McMillan and Kenzo are a drug enforcement team for Bainbridge Public Safety.
A few months ago it was brought to the departments attention that they could get a protective vest for their K-9, for free, through the charity Vested Interest in K-9s.
This was something the force say they felt they needed to do.
"Kenzo is definitely a part of the department here...the thought of him being out on the streets doing traffic stops as an officer with zero protection can be scary." said Julie Harris, Public Information Officer for Bainbridge Public Safety
The new vest protects Kenzo from stabbings or bullets just like the vest the officers wears.
"It's a great feeling knowing that he actually stands a chance if bullets start to fly. Of course I'm going to do my best to keep him away from the situation, but while we are in the mix of it he needs protection as well." said McMillan
For officer McMillan its more than just protecting his teammate, its protecting his best friend.
"We have a very big connection. If I'm at work he is with me. If I'm home he is with me and my kids they play with him non-stop too, so he is an all-around good dog." said McMillan