Volunteers from the Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog non-profit organization raised funds in Natick's Pet World shop on Saturday as part of their efforts to provide protective vests to the state's K9 units.
Providing a demonstration of the capabilities of police dogs at the event was officer Chris Alberini and his furry partner, Dax, from the Ashland Police Department.
During the event Dax was wearing a vest that protects from knives and can act as a hoist or a harness in various scenarios, Kathy Hinds, President of Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog said.
Over its 12-year career, Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog has provided 323 police dogs with protective vests and has made grants to the state's K9 unit programs.
"People love their dogs and we want to protect them so they can keep their community safe," Hinds said.