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Caring Teen Helps Police Dog Get Protection

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By Eric Moskowitz for

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.

“Down . . . down,’’ said Officer Shawn McCarthy, Marco’s partner, as the dog — eager to explore the parking lot at Transit Police headquarters — 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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