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Middleton police looking to raise money for K9 vest for town police dog

MIDDLETON — The Middleton Police Association is hosting a free cookout Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall on King's Highway to help purchase a ballistic vest for the police dog.

The event will include a demonstration by the town's police dog &#-; K9 Raven &#-; bicycle safety instruction and driving simulators, Sgt. Jason Lamontagne said.

Participants can purchase raffle tickets for upcoming Manchester Monarchs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats games, passes to Santa's Village and gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, Lamontagne said.

&#';We've had quite a few donations from residents and businesses,&#'; he said.

Proceeds will go to the association and the K-9 program, including the purchase of a Kevlar vest to protect the police dog from bullets and knives, Lamontagne said.

Lamontagne said the vest, made of material similar to what officers wear, would protect K9 Raven during dangerous situations.

A new vest costs about $1,000, including the soft and hard plates that can be inserted for additional protection.

&#';Vests have a shelf-life of about five years,&#'; Lamontagne said.

Lamontagne said donations to the association are tax deductible. He added proceeds from pistol permits in town also support the K9 program, including purchasing dog food.

&#';The K9 program doesn't have an effect on taxes,&#'; Lamontagne said. &#';We do it all in-house. It's all through fundraisers.&#';


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