LIMA — Allen County Sheriff’s Office K9 Officers Daro, Kato, Gemma and Bjorne have received bullet- and stab-protective vests, thanks to a donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
According to a statement issued by the sheriff’s office, K9 Daro’s vest was sponsored by Cheryl Marie of Naples, Florida, and is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Jack B. - #235”.
Kato’s vest was sponsored by Michael Hadsell of Peace River Search & Rescue and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by PRSAR.” K9s Gemma’s and Bjorne’s vests were embroidered with “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always.”
Established in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a charity whose mission is to provide vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor is U.S.-made and custom-fitted. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 4,101 vests to K9s in all 50 states, made possible by both private and corporate donations, according to the statement.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.
A single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest weighs between four and five pounds.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org. Contributions may also be mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.