San Joaquin County K9s now wearing extra protection

San Joaquin County K9s are getting fitted with vests after one was attacked with a knife on New Year's Eve.

6-year-old German shepherd Haakon is a survivor.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's K9 was stabbed on New Year's Eve in 2014 by a wanted felon hiding under a home on East Lindsay Street in Stockton.

"He stabbed him several times on the neck including a real bad slit across his throat, cut his carotid artery. Eventually my dog came back to me. He was pretty severely injured," said Deputy Joshua Stillman, Haakon's K9 handler.

Haakon nearly died, but survived with a full recovery.

Now Haakon has extra protection in the form of a bullet proof vest.

It came complements of a donation by Palo Alto based Canine Wounded Heroes.

4 vests were donated to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Each vest costs about $1,700.

"The vests are Level 2A ballistic which is the same that the deputies on the streets wear. Plus, it has an extra protection of stab resistance," said Deputy Melissa Griffith, who is also a K9 handler who helped secure the vests for the K9 unit.

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