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Racer donates vests for police dogs

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is donating protective vests for police dogs in Indiana and four other states.

The Columbus, Ind. driver is giving 30 vests to the Indiana State Police K-9 unit and 10 more vests for dogs in Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina and Minnesota.

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The donation follows a request to the Tony Stewart Foundation from a New Mexico woman who founded a non-profit organization that solicits money to buy the bullet-proof and stab-proof vests for police dogs.

So far, the organization has provided 169 vests in 22 states. The foundation says the vests cost $895 each, meaning the 40 new vests would total more than $35,000.

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Stewart will present the vests to state police at O'Reilly Raceway Park west of Indianapolis in Clermont on Thursday.

(Photo by Associated Press)

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