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SC K-9 receives protective gear



Pictured is Searcy County K-9 Deputy Vader wearing his new protective vest provided by Vested Interest in K-9s.

  Searcy County Sheriff's Office K9 Deputy Vader received  his bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Vader's vest was embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro, AR EOW 1/16/20".

   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) 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.

  Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell said, "We are grateful for organizations like Vested Interest in K-9s who specialize in protecting our K-9 officers. Thanks to this donation, Vader and his partner Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger will feel more protected as they go about their daily duties."

  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,033 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. 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, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

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