Tuesday, June 14, 2016
K9 Officer Eyra To Get Body Armor
Colonial Regional Police Department’s K9 Eyra is getting a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Eyra’s vest is sponsored by The Landis Family Foundation LeHigh Valley, PA and will be embroidered with the sentiment ”Gifted with gratitude" Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.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 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.6 million. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs at least 20 months of age who are actively employed with a certified law enforcement agency.
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 www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.