Sunshine: Wednesday October 2, 2013

Billy T —  Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Instead of birthday presents on her tenth birthday, Allison Henry asked for donations to a special project.


She wanted to raise a thousand dollars to buy a bulletproof vest for a four-legged K-9 officer named Ryker.


I just feel that a dog should be safe, because I really like animals,” Allison said.


Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger thanked Allison for the donation during a special ceremony Thursday and said he was impressed the girl was making such a positive impact at such a young age.


The department also introduced its two newest K9 members, June and Titan, on Thursday night’s ceremony.

The animal-lover’s inspiration is Sandy Marcal, whose organization, Vested Interest in K-9s, has provided 437 bullet and stab protective K9 vests to dogs around Massachusetts.