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Several Hillsboro K-9's have received protective body armor from a Massachusetts-based non-profit.

Oso, a dog with the Hillsboro Police Department, has received protective body armor from a Massachusetts-based non-profit.A Hillsboro police dog has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from Massachusetts-based non-profit.

Oso, a police dog with Hillsboro Police Department, has received a vest from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., which has supplied several vests to Hillsboro police dogs in the past few years. The vests cost between $1,744 to $2,283.

Oso's vest was sponsored by Joseph Newsom of Tigard. The vest reads "This gift of protection provided by Skin City Tattoo," a Tigard business.

Police dogs are often used in dangerous confrontations with suspects, but Dozer has not had a protective body armor until now. The vest will help protect against bullet and knife strikes.

Hillsboro has lost police dogs in the line of duty before. The city's largest dog park is named in memory of Hondo, a police dog who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1997 during an altercation with a suspect.

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