HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) — The Huntington County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that one of their K9 units received a special gift.
Huntington County K9 Zeek has received a bullet and stab protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The sheriff's office says the vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Pharmore Ingredients and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Pharmore Ingredients”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in Massachusetts 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 nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.
VI has provided over 3,600 protective vests in across the country, through donations, at a value of $6.9 million, according to their website.
VI says 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 old.
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 has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, comes with a five-year warranty and has an average weight of 4-5 pounds.
There are approximately 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.