Just days after a Virginia police dog was killed in action, CNN’s Anderson Cooper donated enough money to outfit the department’s entire K-9 squad with protective vests.
City of Norfolk police dog Krijger died in the line of duty earlier this week when he was shot and killed by a suspect who had barricaded himself in his house. His plight came to the attention of retired SEAL James Hatch, a former military K-9 handler who works with law enforcement, offering tips he learned while working with dogs in combat zones. Hatch has a charity, Spike’s K9 Fund, that is dedicated to helping military and police dogs. It was named for a Belgian Malinois that lost his life in Iraq while saving Hatch.
Through his charity, Hatch created a BALLISTIC VEST CAMPAIGN in Krijger’s name to raise money to buy protective canine vests. The bulletproof and stab-resistant vests cost about $2,200 each, according to The Virginian-Pilot. The campaign for Norfolk’s K-9 team came to the attention of CNN’s Anderson Cooper who had interviewed Hatch last year.