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Virginia State Police K9 receives body armor donation

Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-14 18:54:45-04

K9 Gunner with the Virginia State Police Department received a donation of body armor. 

Thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., K9 Gunner received a bullet and stab protective vest.

K9 Gunner’s vest is sponsored by Margie Bandas of Richmond and is embroidered with the sentiment:

“In honor of Nicolas Castrinos, Richmond VA.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (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.

The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 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!

Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $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 denomination at this link or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.