Pictured:  MCSO K-9 Officer, Shadow.
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MCSO K-9 officers receive body armor through charitable donations


PHOENIX –  Two Maricopa County Sheriff's K-9 officers, Shadow and Tarzan, will receive bullet and stab protective vests from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.  Both vests are sponsored by anonymous donors through the non-profit organization.
 Shadow’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always,” and Tarzan’s vest will have “In memory of Fanchon,” embroidered on his vest.

Vested Interest in K9s is a charity located in East Taunton, Mass., with a stated mission to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the nation.  Since its inception, the non-profit has provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations totaling over $2.4 million.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement who are certified and at least 20 months of age; new K-9 graduates, and K-9s with expired vests are all eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective canine vest is $950 and weighs about 4 to 5 pounds, but each vest is valued between $1,700 to $2,300 with a five-year warranty.
For more information please call 508-824-6978 or visit www.vik9s.org.