Horry County K-9 given donated ballistic vest

The Horry County Sheriff’s K-9 has received a ballistic vest as part of a nationwide event, according to a news release.

Kane, the department’s K-9, received the vest as part of the Occasions campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police dogs with bullet and stab protective vests, according to the release. The campaign raised more than $335,000 and the vest was provided by Vested Interest in K9s.

More than 350 police dogs will receive the body armor, which will be engraved with the words “in memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police,” who died in the line of duty in January.

Kane, who is assigned to Deputy Kenneth Martinelli and is trained in narcotic detection, is a two-1⁄2 year old Sable German Shepherd and has been a part of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office family since February.