K9 Lazarus to receive donated bullet-proof vest.

January 21, 2022

K9 Lazarus to receive donated bullet-proof vest.

‘In memory of Betty White’ will be embroidered on the dog’s vest.

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HART — Oceana County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Lazarus will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  

The Belgium Malinois’ vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Betty White,” said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast. The beloved comedic actress and animal supporter died Dec. 31.

Delivery of the vest is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

“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,” states a press release. “This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is US made, custom fitted, and NIJ (National Institute of Justice) certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,518 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 US 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 pounds, 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.”   

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