11-Year-Old Girl Donates Allowance to Help Get Bulletproof Vests for K-9s in Ohio

PHOTO: An 11-year-old girl named Allison donated her allowance money to the Canton Police Department to help get bulletproof vests for dogs in the departments K-9 unit. Canton Police Department
An 11-year-old girl named Allison donated her allowance money to the Canton Police Department to help get bulletproof vests for dogs in the department's K-9 unit.

An 11-year-old girl recently donated her allowance money to help get bulletproof vests for all the dogs of Canton Police Department's K-9 unit in Ohio, according to the head trainer for the unit.

The donation comes after the death of beloved K-9 named Jethro this past January, Officer Eric Stanbro said.

Jethro died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds while responding to a burglary at a grocery store, Stanbro told ABC News today. The 3-year-old German shepherd's death was devastating to Canton P.D. Officer Ryan Davis, who had been partnered with Jethro since he was an 8-week-old puppy, Stanbro said.

"Officer Davis has received 2,000 letters since Jethro's death, and he was catching up with them over the weekend," Stanbro said. "He came across this girl's letter and donation, and it really touched him."

PHOTO: Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police. Canton Police Department
Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police.

In the letter, an 11-year-old girl named Allison tells Davis, "I sorry about Jethro. So here is my allowance for the bulletproof vests. God bless you and the dogs."

Though the girl only had a few bucks to give, her thoughtfulness "really struck a chord" with Davis and the rest of the K-9 unit, Stanbro said.

PHOTO: Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police. Canton Police Department
Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police.

The unit is in the process of measuring the seven dogs for their new bulletproof vests, he added.