RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. recently presented the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 team, K9 Astor and his handler Deputy Dennis Allen, with a donation of a K9 ballistic vest valued at $950.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of the popular discount gift certificate website Groupon, according to a press release issued by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. Last Spring, Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. and Groupon Grassroots launched their nearly one month “Occasions” campaign, created to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests.
An online $10 donation option on Groupon suggested interested persons purchase a tax deductible donation through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for four-legged crime fighters and their handlers.
K9 Astor was one of over 350 law enforcement dogs who received protective body armor nationwide in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January 2014.
“We are very grateful for Vested Interest in K9’s for selecting and supporting our agency.” K9 Supervisor, Sergeant Mike Wright said. “Our K9’s love their work, and are sometimes placed in dangerous situations in the line of duty. These vests help keep them safe against gunfire or a knife attack. They protect our partners, our companions, our protectors in their most challenging times.”
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age. For more information, go to their website at Vik9s.org.