CHATHAM COUNTY SHERIFF K9'S RECEIVE PROTECTIVE VESTS

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Nine Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K-9’s received bullet and stab protective vests this week from Vested Interest in K-9s. Inc.

The non-profit organization strives to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States, said sheriff’s office spokesman Pete Nichols. The non-profit 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 over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Max, Largo, Xena, Kyra, Fredy, Toby, Bullet, Miki & Nero’s vests are embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”.

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 K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please 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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