Walton Co. Sheriff’s K9 Awarded Bullet and Stab Protective Vest
Press Release: Walton County Sheriff's Office
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Faro has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Desman and Jamie Carter of Cartercraft Roofing, Inc. located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Desma & Jaimie Carter & Cartercraft Roofing Cares 4 K9s”.
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. Each vest costs $1,050.00 and has a five year warranty. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1407 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.3 million dollars.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their “Hog Wild for K9s” t-shirt is now available online for a $15.00 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: www.vik9s.org.
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