SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento police K-9s are now sporting some new protective gear all thanks to a 12-year-old philanthropist.

Every K-9 officer in the department will now wear a ballistic vest in the field just like their human handlers.  This life-saving gift comes after Sacramento police K-9 Ranger was stabbed by a suspect nearly four months ago in Tahoe Park.

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Ranger has recovered and is now back on duty, but now, he’s patrolling the streets with an added layer of protection.

We got a first-hand look Wednesday at the new bulletproof body armor that is five times stronger than steel and protects all of the police dog’s vital organs.

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The department calls the gear a game-changer.

“They’re incredibly important,” one officer said. “They’re a vital piece of life-saving equipment for the dogs, just like the vests that we wear.”

Brady’s K-9 Fund donated all of the vests. The non-profit was started by 12-year-old Brady Snakovsky from Ohio. He got the idea to outfit all K-9s with a vest after seeing a police dog on TV wasn’t wearing one like his human partner.

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The price tag for these vests isn’t cheap. Each vest is custom-made for the dog and runs for $2,000 each.