Modified: September 2, 2016 3:43pm
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today that Erie County Sheriff’s Office K9 Cort will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Cort’s vest is will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office canines have received body armor from Vested Interest in K9s in the past but this is the first patrol working dog to receive a donation from the group. Cort is a certified narcotics detection canine as well as a patrol and tracking dog.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 2,000 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies, certified, and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for one law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Cort will be properly measured and fitted for his new protective vest and should receive it soon. Cort will be wearing the vest during his patrol shifts with his handler Deputy Jordan Grabar.