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    Release Number: 18-193

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 11, 2018
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    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office K9 Deputies Receive Body Armor

    Thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., K9 deputies receive bullet and stab protective vests.
    • Thursday
    • February 1, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    HCSO K9 Deputies Ozias, Joker, Smoke, LyCan, Bandit, Storm, & Kaiser:

      
             K9 Ozias                          K9 Joker                                 K9 Smoke

      
             K9 LyCan                         K9 Bandit                               K9 Storm


              K9 Kaiser

     2nd Press Release:

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Ozias, Joker, Smoke, Lycan, Bandit, Storm, & Kaiser have received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ozias’ vest was sponsored by Sara Garrido, Code-4 Counseling of Aurora, CO and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Code-4 Counseling”. K9’s Joker, Smoke, & Lycan’s vests were sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”. K9 Bandit’s vest was sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. K9 Storm’s vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Military, Firefighters and Cops MC of Palm Bay, FL and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by MFC MC”. K9 Kaiser’s vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by the students and PTO of Cleveland Court Elementary and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Cleveland Court Elementary, Lakeland, FL”.

    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. provided over 3,000 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 5.7 million dollars.

    The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are 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 a law enforcement K9 is $950.00.  Each vest has a value between $1,744 0 $2,283, 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 donomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
     

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