Dare County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Sorbi to receive body armor donation
Published 11:54 am Wednesday, December 4, 2019
The Dare County Sheriff’s Office has announced that its K-9 Sorbi will receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Sorbi’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ike, Vancouver, WA Police Department.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass. 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 officers. Since its inception, the company has provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 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 K-9 graduates as well as K-9s 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 and has a five-year warranty. The average weight of the vest is 4-5 lbs.
There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. 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 mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.