When the employees learned that MSPD Officer Walter Moore’s K9 partner Artie was in need of a protective vest, an overwhelming number pitched in to help in just a few days.

Mt. Shasta Police Department’s newest four-legged officer received lifesaving body armor last week thanks to employees at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta.

When the employees learned that MSPD Officer Walter Moore’s K9 partner Artie was in need of a protective vest, an overwhelming number pitched in to help in just a few days.

“Without hesitation, staff from all of our departments here at Mercy Mt. Shasta donated money out of their own pockets for the protective vest,” said Barbara Clark, Emergency Department Manager. “The Mt. Shasta Police Department serves our community every day. This is just one small act of kindness to show our appreciation and support for K9 Officer ... and all of those at the police department.”

Artie has search and tracking capabilities and will also assist in arrests. The protective vest is top of the line, and rated for ballistics (bullets) as well as slashing/stabbing (knives), according to Mercy Mt. Shasta.

Moore said the department has not had a K9 Officer in 20 years and 1 year-old Artie is a great addition to their police force.

“He is very friendly and playful and adjusting well to his new home. Right now he is socializing by visiting schools in the area,” said Moore.

Moore added the K9 program was made possible by generous donations from the community and the Arthur R. Dubs Foundation.