News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Coda has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vest was paid for by an anonymous sponsor, and is embroidered with the sentiment "Honoring those who served and sacrificed."
Photos of Coda wearing the new vest are linked above.
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 2,600 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $2.1 million.
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. Each vest weighs an average of 4-5 lbs. and has a value between $1,744 and $2,283, with a five-year warranty.
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 online or by mail to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office