By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers got a much-needed gift on Thursday — custom fitted bullet proof vests.

It’s a dangerous job and the vests have to be switched out every two years. They’re needed and appreciated according to PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officer Sergeant Wayne Smith.

“A lot of people think that when we (are) out there, guys with these big giant nets chasing dogs with the nets,” Smith says. “Usually when we do search warrants with dog fighting and mistreatment of animals we get into situations where there are guns and drugs inside the property and they protect whatever is inside the house.”

The non-profit, Pet Support Phasion Charity Affair, held its first dog and human fashion show last November and raised enough money to buy eight bullet proof vests at the cost of $6,000 a piece.

A second fashion show was scheduled for November to get the rest of the 12 member PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement team outfitted with bullet proof vests

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