August 1, 2017
Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Max, Largo, Xena, Kyra, Fredy, Toby, Bullet, Miki and Nero received body armor
Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Max, Largo, Xena, Kyra, Fredy, Toby, Bullet, Miki, and Nero have received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 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”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. 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.
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.