DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police Department’s K9 Cory has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Cory’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Officer Jason Lagore and K9 Ranger, ODNR”.
“We are grateful to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for their generous donation which will protect K9 Cory as he and Officer Gallagher work to protect the citizens of our community”, said Sergeant Theodore Trupp, Supervisor of the Dayton Police Canine Unit, “It is also an honor that K9 Cory’s vest serves as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of ODNR Officer Lagore and his partner K9 Ranger.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,301 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.