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