Thanks to a huge fundraiser and a charitable donation from a nonprofit organization, three of the Tampa’s Police Department’s K-9s will receive new bullet proof body armor to wear.
The new gear is being made possible thanks to the fundraiser that was hosted by Jill and Paal Gisholt of the Kindness Matters Foundation, combined with a donation from the nonprofit group Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The canines that will be receiving the vests are Teco, Pancho and Jaeger. The vest they are to receive are both stab-proof and bulletproof, and weigh 4-5 pounds. Delivery is expected within 8 to 10 weeks.
Tampa Police Sergeant Desiree Croteau said in a statement:
“We are extremely grateful to Vested Interest in K9s and the Gisholts for this donation. Our K9s routinely put themselves in harm’s way, and anything we can do to keep them safe is greatly appreciated.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a Massachusetts based company that works to provide protective vests to dogs working at law enforcement agencies across the U.S.
Since 2009, Vested Interest has provided 3,500 American-made, custom-fitted and certified protective vests in all 50 states. Private companies and miscellaneous corporate donations have helped supply all these vests, at roughly a cost of $5.7 million.
I think this is an amazing idea. I applaud this company for providing a much needed addition to all the police departments across the nation. These K-9 officers are putting their lives at risk, the same as our human officers and these dogs deserve the same protection. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the U.S.
If you would like to learn more about this program, or are interested in sponsoring a K-9 officer for a new vest click HERE.
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