MCSO K-9s Hero and Zeus will receive body armor

(Courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

(Courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

 

 

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office K-9s Hero and Zeus will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. K9 Hero and K9 Zeus’ vests will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police,” according to an MCSO press release.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c (3) charity in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. provided more than 1,600 protective vests in 49 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of over $1.5 million. All vests are custom made in the U.S. by Armor Express in Central Lake, Michigan.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 19 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795-$2,234 and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the U.S.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. provides information, lists events and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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