FCSO K-9 Diego Gets Body Armor

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K9 “Diego” has Received Body Armor

(BENTON-ILLINOIS) Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K9 “Diego” has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Macy’s and embroidered with the sentiment “This Gift of Protection Provided by Macy’s”.

Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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 non-profit 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 K9’s, Inc. has provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

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 K9 graduates, as well as K9’s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 - $2,283, a five year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9’s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9’s, 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.

Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones thanked Vested Interest in K9’s for their support of law enforcement. Jones said Diego is an integral member of the department and plays an important role in advancing the goals and objectives of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.