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An anony­mous cor­po­rate donor is of­fer­ing to equip some ca­nine mem­bers of Toronto’s po­lice force with ar­moured vests de­signed to pro­tect them from sharp weapons. The Toronto Po­lice Ser­vices Board is to con­sider the of­fer of 18 vests at its meet­ing on Thurs­day. The donor came for­ward af­ter Lonca, a ca­nine with the force, was se­ri­ously in­jured last year by a sus­pect armed with a ma­chete. The force’s ca­nine unit has 33 dogs. Saun­ders says the donor has or­dered the vests — de­signed to pro­tect a dog’s ma­jor in­ter­nal or­gans if at­tacked with a sharp or blunt ob­ject — from Line of Fire De­fence Sys­tems in Ed­mon­ton at a to­tal cost of more than $22,000. The com­pany de­vel­oped the vest af­ter an Ed­mon­ton po­lice dog was fa­tally stabbed in 2013. The RCMP, Ed­mon­ton po­lice and Durham po­lice use the vests.

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