25 January 2023- As Franklin County law enforcement continues to innovate and renovate into the 21st century, the FCSO announces the introduction of a bullet and stab protection vest for their K9 named Iron. As said below, the donation comes from a non-profit from Massachusetts called Vested Interest in K9s made possible by a generous donation from Ruth Vymazal of Shippensburg. Full release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office as well as details about Vested In K9s below.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K9 Iron will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Iron’s vest is sponsored by Ruth Vymazal of Shippensburg, PA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Tony & Rocky A855”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4948 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $985 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.