Young boy raises nearly $90,000 to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs

This boy has a big heart for police dogs.

Meet 9-year-old Brady Snakovsky. This young lad from Strongsville, Ohio has raised nearly $90,000 to provide K-9 police officers with bulletproof vests.

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“I want to be a police officer because I want to keep people safe,” he said. “Because it’s really important for these dogs that save people lives for them to be safe too.”

More than a year ago, Brady started a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising money for this initiative, as a vest costs about $1,200. The project is proving to be a huge success as the fund is nearing its $100,000 goal.

It all began when Brady saw a dog on television who didn’t have a vest. After that, the boy wanted to go out and buy a vest to give to a K-9 in need, according to his mom, Leah Tornabene, who assists him with this project.

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“I started my campaign with a goal of collecting enough funds to purchase one ballistic vest for a K9 in need. Through the support of my family, the community and a great company, Line Of Fire Defence Systems, I was able to not only donate 1, but 4 ballistic vests for K9s,” according to the GoFundMe page.

To date, Brady’s K-9 Fund has vested 86 K-9 police dogs, and they currently have 59 police K-9s on their waiting list.

“We believe K9 police officers deserve the same protection as human police officers. We are making it a priority to vest as many K9 officers as we can to send them home at the end of their shift,” according to the website’s mission statement.

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Rexey, Trooper Jim Baker’s K-9, is one of those who received a vest.

“Makes me feel great knowing that not only is he protecting me but I’m also protecting him and it’s a great partnership and a relationship,” he said.

Troopers say that Brady’s project is providing them with huge support since most K-9 units are self-funded and the majority of the police dogs don’t have ballistic vests.

“With the new vests that Brady got us it brings peace to our minds as a team,” Trooper Griffin Kelley said.


Good job Brady! If you would like to donate to the cause, you may visit the GoFundMe page or Brady’s K-9 fund website.

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