One local high school senior is making a difference, one dog at a time. She is raising money to buy them vests that will save their lives when they are trying to save ours. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
BETHLEHEM, N.Y. -- "Well I've always been a dog lover. I have a black lab at home and I just think it's so important to protect these dogs as they're heros," said Bethlehem High School Senior Rachel Piccolino.
After reading about a similar effort in the midwest, Piccolino raised $200 to buy vests for local canines.
"First I set it up at the animal hospital down the street on Delaware. I had a little donation can and now I've set up a page called giveforward.com which people can just donate through paypal," said Piccolino.
Then she asked the Albany County Sheriff's Department if it wanted in.
"She had an initiative and wanted to get our dog a vest and I think it's great. I think it's even more important to point out that she's a high school senior, stepping up to help out and do something great for the community and especially our program and I appreciate that," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
Critical in explosive detection, tracking narcotics and personal safety, canines deserve the attention added Apple. With enough money, he hopes to provide vests for their three dogs and canines in other departments too.
"Many times they're our first line of defense. We don't know what's on the other end and neither does the dog know what's on the other end, and that dog is willing to risk its life for our deputies," said Apple.
"I've learned a lot," said Piccolino. "I've learned how important it is to just keep trying. I really just set up the page today and my friends have already been talking about it telling me how cool it is."
If you are interested in donating to the cause, visit the Give Forward website.