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Ontario County K9 Fennel’s fashion statement

So far, Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana Egburtson said his partner in the K-9 Unit, Fennell, has not really been threatened to the point where a bulletproof vest was needed to save his life.

But you never know when the 2-1/2-year-old German shepherd will need it, Egburtson said.

“It’s like us,” Egburtson said. “It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and wish you had it.”

Don’t worry, Fennell will be getting the vest soon, within the next eight to 10 weeks.

The Massachusetts-based nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is donating the vest, which also protects the canine wearer from stab wounds.

The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In memory of K9 Diezel, UMass Amherst Police Department.” The Massachusetts dog, a six-year veteran of narcotics investigations and searches, died last December while in retirement.

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