MONROE, Conn. -- K-9 Murphy with the Monroe Police Department will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and manufacturer Armor Express, the department announced recently.
The new protective vest is part of an incentive program for which one free vest is awarded for every 15 vests purchased by the charity, the department said.
Vests were donated to K-9s in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity based n East Taunton, Mass. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
It was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 officers.
Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 2,000 protective vests in 50 states at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the U.S. by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich, the department said.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age.
New K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $1,050.
Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds.
There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States, the department said.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities at Vested Interest in K9s, 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.