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CARROLLTON (CBS11) – A Carrollton Police dog is much safer now after a local family decided to return the favor and help protect the K9 as he protected them.

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Fax, the German Shepherd, now has a protective vest thanks to Linda and Rob Hudson.

The situation all started after police arrested a man they said was on a burglary spree, going from several houses in a neighborhood where he would steal anything.

The suspect was arrested one night just feet away from where Linda and Rob Hudson have lived for 32 years.

“That’s what was scary. You wake up and go, ‘I had no idea this happened last night,’” said Linda Hudson.

The arrest happened a little too close for comfort.

“Could have very easily been us,” added Rob Hudson.

After learning the officer at the center of the arrest was of the “four-legged kind,” the Hudson’s wanted to ensure Fax would be around for a long time.

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“You know they’re out there risking their lives and they don’t have any protection at all,” said Linda Hudson.

The couple decided to buy their “hero” a protective vest.

“Fax is a part of the family. Not only our police family, but our family at the house. So I share legitimate concern for him,” said Officer Geoffrey Smyder with Carrollton Police.

Smyder said he now rests a little easier knowing each time he releases Fax in pursuit, his partner has that extra layer of protection.

“There’s still a lot of people out here that care about what we do, that care about their community,” said Smyder.

Soon after posting a picture of Fax in his new vest, several residents began asking how they could donate for the department’s other K9, Endo.

“That’s one small thing to keep him safe while he’s keeping us safe,” said Linda Huson.

Anyone who is interested in helping the Carrolton Police Department should give the officer a call.

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