ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – One K9 officer with the Onslow County Sheriff’s office recently received a donated body armor vest thanks to a non-profit that specializes in police K9 vests.
According to the Sheriff’s office, K9 Bond was given the bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a donation from Jason Brehm of Selinsgrove, PA through the non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vest will have “Born to Love-Trained to Service-Loyal Always” embroidered on the side of it.
Since 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 5,350 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, which were made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The charity says 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S.-made, custom-fitted, and NIJ-certified.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively in use with law enforcement agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.
There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.