Dr. Caesar DePaço, Honorary Consul of Portugal in the state of Florida and founder and CEO of Summit Nutritionals International, Inc., offered to donate the funds for Daro’s vest, a cost of about $2,500. Additionally, he pledged to purchase the department’s second canine, which can cost anywhere from $8,000 – $15,000. DePaço, who is based in Palm Coast, has donated 42 dogs to police departments in the U.S. and abroad as well as a number of ballistic vests for animals.
“The DeLand Police Department is extremely grateful for Dr. DePaço’s donations,” said Police Chief Jason Umberger. “Our streets are safer when our officers have the equipment they need to carry out their duties. Dr. DePaço’s gracious donation could one day save Daro’s life and the life of one of our residents.”