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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bear to get donation of body armor

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bear will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Bear’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Poppy”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

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 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 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 between $1,744 – $2,283 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 or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

“Bear is an important part of our law enforcement team, working every day with Deputy Taylor Ludwig, to keep our community safe,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

“This donation will help keep Bear safe while performing his duties, whether searching for illegal narcotics or attempting to apprehend armed combative suspects,” Grove said.

“We appreciate Vested Interest in K9s for awarding this grant to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the work they do in keeping law enforcement K9s across the country safe,” added Sheriff Groves.


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