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Ottawa Sheriff's K-9s receive body armor

• Oct 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office K-9s Andy and Blitz are safer on the job thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

The group provided bullet- and stab-protective vests to the Ottawa County service dogs. K-9 Andy’s vest was sponsored by the Andrew Elliott Rusticus Foundation of Michigan and embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s Inc.” K-9 Blitz’s vest was sponsored by an anonymous donor and embroidered with the sentiment, “Be safe my hero. In memory of Lori. - MB.”

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 and weighs 4-5 pounds.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc., located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, provides bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement agencies throughout the US.

The non-profit was established in 2009. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. has provided over 2,600 protective vests nationwide through private and corporate donations at a cost of over $2.1 million.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the US 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.

Learn more about Vested Interest in K9s Inc., volunteer opportunities, events and make tax-deductible donations at www.vik9s.org, P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718, or call 508-824-6978.

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