Members of Corona del Mar High School's Vest-A-Dog club have been fundraising all summer, and last week six police dogs were fitted with protective gear as a result of the club's hard work.
"I've just always loved dogs," said Jenny Conde, a CdMHS junior, founder and president of Vest-A-Dog. "I heard about the national program when I was a Brownie, and when I was in high school, I started a local one."
The Vest-A-Dog club's mission is to raise awareness about the dangers that police dogs face, and the dogs' need for bulletproof vests. Club members raise money by attending community events and selling stuffed dogs and collecting donations, and so far the group has been able to purchase vests for 10 area police dogs.
Two club members met with six canine officers and their dogs Thursday for vest fittings, one dog at a time, in the auditorium of the police station on Santa Barbara Drive. Louise V. Tully, vice president of the Police & Working K-9 Foundation, brought different sized vests that the officers tried on the dogs.
The vests cost about $1,300 apiece, Conde said.
Anaheim Police Department K-9 Officer Matt Sutter brought Jäger for his fitting.
"I can't believe it," Sutter said. "Anaheim is a very busy and sometimes dangerous city, so we'll get a lot of use out of it."
In March, an Anaheim police dog named Bruno was shot and seriously wounded — an incident that drew worldwide attention and demonstrated the need for protection for police dogs.
After the fitting, Tully asked what color vest Sutter wanted for Jäger.
Black, Sutter said, to match the Anaheim police uniform.
After Jäger was safely back in his car, Officer Ryan Johnson of the city of Orange arrived with his dog, Bosco, for the next fitting. Ten dogs have been provided vests by the CdMHS club, including Newport Beach K-9 dogs Jardo and Elko.
The Newport Beach City Council honored the club in 2013 for its work.
Massage parlor closes following arrest
The Secret Garden massage business, where a woman was arrested on suspicion of prostitution on July 30, has closed.
"They've actually vacated the office," said Matt Cosylion, a Newport Beach code enforcement supervisor. "They're gone now."
The business at 2721 East Coast Highway, with an entrance on Fernleaf Avenue, received a notice after an inspection on Aug. 6 revealed an alleged violation of the city's municipal code.
A notice was attached to the business on Wednesday, stating that it needed a minor use permit and could be fined $100, $200 or $500 a day unless the business stopped offering massage services.
A neighbor had complained to police about the business, which she said drew crowds of men, day and night. Police conducted a sting operation and arrested a 30-year-old Westminster woman on suspicion of prostitution.
The woman was charged Wednesday with a single misdemeanor count of prostitution, and her arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11.