The Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department's K9 Rico has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Consultative Insurance Group of Middleburg Heights, OH who donated $950 for the vest. The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment, �Protection provided by Consultative Insurance.�
K9 Rico is a 20-month-old German shepherd certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. He joined the Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department in October, 2013 and is partnered with Ranger Michael Barr.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)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. Each vest costs $950 and has a five year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,359 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their �Hog Wild for K9s� T-shirt is now available online for a $15 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S.-made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are U.S. employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: www.vik9s.org.