Dasko receives bullet and stab protection vest

ZZ Dasko wearing his bullet and stab protection vest

Dasko wearing his bullet and stab protection vest/photo submitted

SEVIERVILLE (press release)—Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that it has received a bullet and stab protective vest for K-9 Dasko thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”.

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 1,600 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.5 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 19 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty. 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 www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Sheriff Seals states that he would like to thank Vested Interest in K-9’s for the donation of the vest to the Sheriff’s Office for K-9 Dasko and other K-9’s in the division. “The generous donation of the vest by the Vested Interest in K9’s organization, will help to ensure K-9 Dasko’s safety as he serves and protects the residents, visitors and police officers of Sevier County” Seals said .Dasko is a 3 year old Belgium Malinois and has been in service with the Sheriff’s Office for app. 2 years and is handled by Officer Ransom Douglas. The Sevier County Sheriffs Office has received a total of four vest from the charity for other dogs in its K-9 unit.

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