LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County K9 Officer Nichols is set to receive a bullet and stab proof vest thanks to donations from Vested Interest In K9’s Inc and the Cattaraugus-Little Valley School District.
The non-profit, headquartered about 40 miles south of Boston, MA in East Taunton, specializes in providing bullet and stab-protective gear along with offering other assistance to K9’s in law enforcement.
Since the charity’s inception in 2009, Vested Interest In K9’s Inc. have provided over 3,000 protective vests valued at over $5 million to K9 Officers in all 50 states through private and corporate donations.
The donation cost to provide one vest to a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest costs between $1,700 and $2,200, carries an average weight of 4 to 5 pounds and has a five-year warranty.
The program is open to any certified dog at least 20 months of age actively employed with U.S. Law Enforcement, new K9 graduates or current K9’s with expired vests.
Officer Nichols Handler Deputy Tim Pence says he is grateful for the generous donations to the Sheriffs’ office to keep K9 Nichols safe.
“We are proud to serve such thoughtful members of our community.”
There are around 30,000 K9’s employed by Law Enforcement agencies across the United States.
For volunteer information with Vested Interest In K9’s Inc., visit their website at www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.