The vest is embroidered with the sentiment, “In memory of K-9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.”
Vested Interest, a non-profit organization located in East Taunton, Massachusets, has a mission to provide the protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and other related agencies in the United States. Since it was established in 2009, Vested Interest has provided more than 2,600 vests to dogs in 50 states.
The vests are funded through private and corporate donations.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies. The dogs must be certified and at least 20 months old. New K-9 graduates, as well as dogs with expired vests, are eligible.
A donation of $950 will provide one vest. Each vest is valued between $1,744 and $2,283, and includes a five-year warranty and average weight of 4-5 pounds.
There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States.
For more information, or to make a donation, go online to www.wik9s.org.