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Ohio boy, 9, raises $80K to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs

Steven Adams
Brady’s K-9 Fund via Facebook
Brady Snakovsky with Officer Bernow and K9 Beny from Parma Police in Ohio.

A 9-year-old boy got the idea to buy protective vests for police K-9s while watching TV.

Brady Snakovsky of Strongsville, Ohio, has raised $80,000 in 17 months via GoFundMe to protect police dogs in his community.

“He noticed a dog on television who wasn’t wearing a vest and he wanted to go out and buy a vest and give it to a K-9 who was in need of one,” his mother, Leah Tornabene, told WJW-TV.

The third grader aspires to become a police officer himself.

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

Brady started out wanting buy a single $1,200 bulletproof vest but his nonprofit, Brady’s K9 Fund, has far surpassed that goal.

“Brady has vested 85 K9s and we currently hold a waiting list of 57 police officers who have entered their partner who is in need of a ballistic vest,” Tornabene wrote in a GoFundMe update.

Go to the Brady’s K-9 Fund website for more information.

Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].

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