A remarkable 10-year-old boy has raised more than $315,000 to provide bullet-proof vests to K9 police dogs.
This is a truly amazing story of kindness…
And they’re so much more than just faithful pets.
Dogs have proven to be useful working animals for centuries now.
Whether they’re working on farms herding sheep, assisting the disabled and elderly, working in the armed forces, sniffing out drugs, or working alongside law enforcement… dogs are amazing little workers!
Police dogs have their lives put at risk every single day and sadly, they are an easy target for criminals who are desperately trying to escape.
Even though nobody would want to encounter a charging police dog…
So many of these pooches lose their lives every year thanks to criminal violence… especially here in the United States.
Did you know that 96 K9 police dogs died in the line of duty here in the States between 2011-2015? With the most common cause of death being by gunshots?
And they work tirelessly with their handlers day in and day out… this is not what they deserve.
K9 dogs need protecting…
And one little boy has recently decided to do something about it.
It all started 2 years ago when 10-year-old Brady Snakovsky, who is from Strongsville, Ohio, was watching an episode of Live PD with his mom, Leah Tornabene, when he noticed that the K9 dogs weren’t as protected as their handlers were when working in the line of duty.
The page reads:
“I have a passion for helping police officers especially K9 officers and their handlers. One day I hope to become an officer myself! I started my campaign with a goal of collecting enough funds to purchase one ballistic vest for a K9 in need.”
“These vests are very expensive, at the cost of $1,200… Even though the vests are costly it is a very important tool all K9’s should have. I now work directly with the manufacturer who has an innovative ballistic vest that is top of the line. Their technology offers a vest that is lightweight and helps regulate body heat keeping the K9 cool. It provides ballistic and edged weapon protection for vital organs all while allowing complete freedom of movement.”
It didn’t take long for donations to come pouring in and soon enough, Brady had enough money to buy his first 4 vests that were donated to dogs within the Ohio State Troopers a few months later.
And he even wrote to his local congressmen and told anybody he met about his mission to protect police dogs.
And so far, Brady has supplied 257 dogs with vests and has raised more than $315,000.
“We were watching the show together and I didn’t even notice that the dog wasn’t wearing a vest,” Brady’s mom told CNN, “I was quite surprised that a child at age 8 could recognize that there was an issue there and that he could find a solution to fix that problem. It made me very proud to see him doing this.”
So every dollar counts!
“As his mom, I’m very proud of him for putting others first. He thinks they should be protected and he saw a need for that.”
When he grows up, Brady wants to be a police officer just like his stepfather, saying he “wants to help out other people and keep people safe.”
We’re sure that when the time comes, Brady’s resume will be seriously impressive.
He has already kept hundreds of K9 police dogs safe and that is something that will never be forgotten.
To donate to Brady’s amazing cause, you can do so here via his website.
Make sure to keep on reading to get the story of the police dog who found a missing mom and her baby on the first day of searching…