Photo: Contributed Photo / Seymour Police Department
SEYMOUR — Two Seymour police K9s got an additional layer of safety when they were recently given stab and bullet protection vests, the department announced Saturday.
Zoar and Rex became some of the most recent police dogs in Connecticut to get bullet and stab protection vests from Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit with the mission of providing body armor to police K9s.
Vested Interested in K9s, Inc. — which was founded in 2009 — has provided more than 2,800 protective vests to law enforcement agencies across the nation. The mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement dogs throughout the county.
This program is open to all dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or any related agency. The dogs must be certified and at least 20-months-old. New K9 graduates and K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate.
The cost to provide one protective vest for a police dog is around $1,000. Each vest weighs roughly four to five pounds. Each vest comes with a five-year warranty.
The organization provides information, lists events and accepts donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, Massachusetts, 02718.