Local biz owner buys bullet-proof vests for K-9 units

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Two Charleston Police DepartmentK-9 units have brand new bullet-proof vests thanks to the generosity of a localbusiness.

Clyde Burris of Burris Liquors on Meeting Street boughtvests for the two dogs for $1,700. Burris said he read a similar story ofsomeone donating a vest to a K-9 unit and decided to do the same thing.

"I know criminals try to hurt them and they need to beprotected just like police officers. They put their lives on the line just likea police officer," he said. "I love dogs just like I love people."

The vests were given to K-9 Dulan and K-9 Panzer, accordingto Lt. Michael Thomas, supervisor of the K-9 Unit.

K-9 Dulan is 3 years old and has been with the policedepartment a year and is Police Officer Caleb Bradish's partner. K-9 Panzer is6 years old and has been with the police department 4 years and is Sgt. DavidTharp's partner.

"This is a wonderful thing he has done," saidCharleston Chief of Police Greg Mullen. "This is just a reflection of thegreat relationship we have with our community partners."

"I owned a Doberman for 13 years and putting him to sleepwas one of the hardest things I ever had to do," Burris said.