US gives Ukraine service dogs body armor

"Now, our four-legged helpers who will be serving in dangerous areas will also be protected," said the Ukrainian State Border Guard

Czech dogs land in Israel to take on roles in police service  (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Czech dogs land in Israel to take on roles in police service
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The United States has sent Ukraine armor for service canines, the Ukrainian State Border Guard announced on Tuesday in a Facebook post.

Tactical canines are extremely versatile and powerful tools.  Bigger dogs like German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois can neutralize threats on command by holding an individual in place with their strong jaws. 

Military canines can also be trained to sniff out drugs, bombs, cadavers or missing people. This is particularly important in situations where people may be trapped under collapsed buildings or rubble, unable to cry for help. 

In all of these contexts, the dogs are in danger of physical harm. They need to be protected in a way that will interfere with their work. 

The protective vests sent to Ukraine by the US will protect the dogs from burns, debris and thrown projectiles among other physical threats.  

A soldier in the canine special forces in Hatzerim, Israel (credit: DEBBIE ZIMELMAN)A soldier in the canine special forces in Hatzerim, Israel (credit: DEBBIE ZIMELMAN)

In the announcement, the Border Guard stated, "now, our four-legged helpers who will be serving in dangerous areas, will also be protected."