Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept. K9 to receive bullet, stab protective vests | News
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Williamson County Sheriff's Department announced Monday K9 Lizzy will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vests thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based non-profit organization and veterinarian, Dr. Michael Troop of Marion, Ill.
Dr. Michael Troop was the veterinarian who cared for Deputy James Wright's former K9 partner, Teko, who recently passed away. In memory of K9 Teko, Dr. Troop made a donation to Vested Interest in K9s to provide a vest for Deputy Wright's current K9 partner, Lizzy.
The made-to-order vest will be delivered in approximately eight to 10 weeks and will protect the K9 from bullet and stab wounds.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Mass. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit 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. has provided over 425 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009.
Two recent events made it possible for the charity to provide 217 vests for our four legged crime fighters across the country. January 2013, a regional Groupon Grassroots campaign naming Vested Interest in K9s as a charity partner raised over $55,000 which allowed the donation of 53 K9 vests and a nationwide Groupon campaign in March 2013 raised over $155,000 providing vests for 163 K9s in 30 states.
The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, Mich. exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.
For more information about Vested Interest in K9s visit www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.
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