The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that two members of its K-9 unit are now better protected from injury thanks to a group of concerned citizens.
Both K-9 officers - Spike and Blitz - have been fitted with vests that will protect them from gunfire and knife attacks during the performance of their duties, according to a release.
Spike is a 4-year-old Dutch shepherd, and Blitz is a 3½-year-old Belgian Malinois, the release states. Both dogs are trained for apprehensions, tracking, narcotics and article searches, according to their handlers, Deputy Joseph Kosydar and Deputy Eric Holtzback.
“The dogs will wear the protective vests when called into hazardous duty with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team or ordered to bring down an uncooperative suspect,” Kosydar said.
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A group of Georgetown County residents contributed $615 toward the cost of the vests for the dogs, the release says.
The fund-raising group was organized by Realtor Robbie Buice, and included Seaspray Homes LLC, Quantum Realty Management, Shawn and Jeffrey Kanarish, Robert and Angie Buice, William Cartmill and Lisa Hergenrother, Steven and Susan Maynard, and Robert and Maggie Boineau.
“We are grateful to these people for their generosity,” Sheriff Lane Cribb said. “These dogs put their lives on the line to protect our officers. It’s comforting to me to know that we are providing this additional protection for them.”
Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles