Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Coda to get body armor

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: August 16, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

 

Sgt. O'Neil and his K9 partner CodaClackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Coda will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Coda's vest is funded by an anonymous sponsor, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Honoring those who served and sacrificed."

Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

A photo of Sgt. O'Neil and his K9 partner Coda is linked above.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Its 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 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, 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 $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.

There are 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 http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office