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This product image released by Jackie Simoni shows a dog wearing the PupLight. Six years ago Jackie Simoni invented the PupLight, which fits on a dog collar, to help make dogs safer after dark.    (AP Photo/Jackie Simoni, Lyal Lauth)  NO SALES

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This product image released by Jackie Simoni shows a dog wearing the PupLight. Six years ago Jackie Simoni invented the PupLight, which fits on a dog collar, to help make dogs safer after dark. (AP Photo/Jackie Simoni, Lyal Lauth) NO SALES

Dog collar Inventor selling to the government

By Sue Manning

The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — Jackie Simoni is a computer geek turned inventor of a special light to make dogs safer after dark. Now, she's also a government contractor.

Simoni invented PupLight six years ago. She came up with the idea of a light that attaches to a collar while fumbling with a leash, flashlight, poop bags and animal repellant during a walk with her 90-pound, very social golden retriever.


It took 15 prototypes, but the lights are now sold at Petco, her biggest customer, Cabela's outfitters and on Amazon.com. “I thought I would sell a million a year,” she said.

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