As a patrol dog for the MBTA Transit Police, 4-year-old Marco is trained to sprint after assailants and sniff for evidence, not pose for photos before a crowd.
So it was with some prodding yesterday that Marco sat for photographs in his new bulletproof vest, encouraged by his partner and staring intently at his favorite chew toy, held aloft near a bank of television cameras.
â€œDown . . . down,â€™â€™ said Officer Shawn McCarthy, Marcoâ€™s partner, as the dog â€” eager to explore the parking lot at Transit Police headquarters â€” settled into place between McCarthy and Madeleine Barowsky, a teenager from Framingham who raised money for the vest by selling homemade dog biscuits and dog-shaped earrings and refrigerator magnets.
Whenever McCarthy and Marco respond to reported crimes on the T or assist local departments, the dog takes the lead.
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