2019-01-09 / Front Page

K-9 Micky gets body armor

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

K-9 Mickey K-9 Mickey Carroll County’s K-9 Micky will be carrying a little extra weight while on duty now. He has received a bullet and stab protective vest, weighing between four to five pounds, thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization “Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” The protective vest costs $950 and has a fiveyear warranty.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K- 9s throughout the United States. 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 K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

Micky’s vest is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department.”

“We are grateful for this opportunity which Vested Interest provided in assisting us in protecting our asset,” Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said. “We are even more appreciative of our local community who regularly support our K-9 program with many contributions, including financial donations. By having quality K9 services, we are able to be proactive in our ongoing pursuit of illicit narcotics in the county.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies. The non-profit was established to assist law enforcement agencies with this lifesaving body armor for the fourlegged K-9 officers. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, 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 by mailed at P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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