Yates Sheriff K9’s to receive bullet-proof vests

Sheriff Ron Spike and Sandy Marcal, President of Vested Interest K-9s, Inc are pleased to announce that K-9 Kinni (handler Deputy Brandon Jensen) and K9 Hasko (handler Deputy Chad Betts of the Yates County Sheriff’s Office will be receiving bullet and stab protective vests at no cost to the county thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization. Protecting the Paws in Blue charity event was hosted by Vested Interest in K9s on October 20 in Saratoga Springs which raised over $12,000. The event was held in memory of K9 Ape of the FBI who was killed in the line of duty in Herkimer earlier this year. Event proceeds will provide vests for 12 New York K9s from New York State University, Binghamton, Greece, Ulster, Newburgh, Cuba and Yates County Sheriff’s Office. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 580 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009. Over $570,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii.The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, MI exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.The Sheriff’s Office looks forward to their arrival later this month.

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