The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rocky recently received some new equipment. Thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s Inc, Rocky received a bullet and stab protective vest. Thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Rocky’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro, AR — EOW 1/16/20”.
Rocky, whose handler is Sergeant Branson Patterson, has been trained in narcotics detection as well as officer protection among other tasks.
“We’re very thankful to Vested Interest for their donation which will help keep Rocky safe as he performs his daily law enforcement duties with Sgt. Patterson,” Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck said. “In May of this year, we were told that we would be receiving the vest and we did receive it and now Rocky is wearing it.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization established in 2009, is a 501©(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,714 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744 to $2,283. Each vest weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.