Livingston County Sheriff's Office K9 Zaki has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburg Bureau of Police".
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 agency 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 potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interested in K9s, Inc. has provided over 2,600 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donation, 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.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value of between $1,744 - $2,283, 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.
"The hard work of the volunteers at Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and generosity of those making the donations that make this possible is amazing! I am very grateful for this potentially lifesaving gift."
Deputy Chris Mueller, K-9 Handler
All of us at the LCSO are very thankful and proud of the community support for Zaki and our office. The amazing people at Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. do an outstanding job in helping protect public safety K-9s all across the United States. Thank you!
Sheriff Steve Cox