Toronto police dogs will soon be sporting new armoured vests
The Toronto police board voted to approve an anonymous donation of 18 vests valued over $22K
Police dogs in Toronto will be getting armoured vests designed to protect them from sharp weapons.
The donor came forward after Lonca, a canine with the force, was seriously injured last year by a suspect armed with a machete.
The donor is buying the vests — designed to protect a dog's major internal organs if attacked with a sharp or blunt object — from Line of Fire Defence Systems in Edmonton at a total cost of more than $22,000.
Line of Fire spokesman Duncan Horner says the company is awaiting sizing information and will be manufacturing the armour and harnesses in the next few weeks.
The Toronto force's canine unit has been in existence since 1989 and currently has 22 officers and 33 dogs.