Orland Police K9 Receives Ballistic/Stab Vest

Dec 9, 2013 3:17 PM

Orland’s K9 “Ruger” received some new attire this holiday season. No, it was not an ugly sweater. It was a new ballistic/stab vest.

Money for the vest was raised on August 24, 2013 in a fundraiser hosted by Vested Interest in K9s in Modesto. Vested Interest in K9s is a 501c (3) volunteers charity located in Massachusetts with the aim of assisting law enforcement agencies in purchasing this potentially life-saving body armor for their K9 units. The organization has provided over 435 K9s with protective vests since their inception in August 2009 resulting in over $400,000 in vests donated in 36 states, according to the Orland Police Department.

The event in August raised over $3,200 and raised enough funds for vests for the Ceres Police Department and one for “Ruger” for the Orland Police Department. Each vest costs roughly 950.00 and has a five year warranty.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.

For more information about Vested Interest in K9s visit www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.


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