Local pet shop donates safety vest for APD K-9

Kano, Abington’s newest K-9 officer, will receive a bullet-proof vest courtesy of a Whitman specialty pet store.

Nourish Your Pet on Monday made a $1,000 donation to the Abington Police Department to cover the cost of the vest.

Judy Cully, the store’s owner, said she was moved by the recent death of Braintree’s police dog, Kitt, who was killed while looking for a suspect in the woods.

“I’m a big dog lover,” said Judy Cully, the store’s owner. “What happened in Braintree was just awful, and I wanted [the Abington dog] to start out safe.”

Judy Cully, owner of Nourish Your Pet, who donated $1,000 toward outfitting Abington Police’s K-9 with a bullet proof vest.

Kano, a Belgian Malinois, recently completed his basic training and is now working the 4 p.m. – midnight shift with his handler, Officer John Sayers.

Deputy Chief Chris Cutter said Kano is currently trained for tracking, for example, if someone is lost in the woods, or a suspect running between yards. Later on he will be trained to sniff out narcotics.

Cutter said the department is appreciative of Cully’s gift.

“We want to make sure Kano has all the oppotunities to keep himself safe as well as his owner safe,” Cutter said.

Cully opened Nourish Your Pet this past January. It speciaizes in all organic food, treats, and supplements for cats and dogs. It’s located on a commercial property developed by her husband, Jim MacDonald, on Essex Street in Whitman. 

Abington K-9 Officer John Sayers with Kano