Police dogs in New Castle County now have bulletproof vests thanks to a national nonprofit organization.
Established in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., raised over $11,000 through its 2015 calendar sales, which featured law enforcement dogs from 10 states across the country.
The Massachusetts-based nonprofit’s mission is to donate bullet and stab protective vests for four legged officers in need across the country. Each vest costs $950 and has a five year warranty.
Ace, Diesel, Loki, Max, Figo and Monty with the New Castle County Police Department are among the latest recipients.
Since its founding, Vested Interest has provided the potentially life saving body armor to more than 1,346 police K9s in 49 states.
New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to receive a donated vest. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are actively working in the U.S., certified and at least 19 months of age.