NPPD K9 Dusko receives donation of body armor

NPPD K9 Dusko receives donation of body armor

North Providence’s K9 Dusko shows off his new body armor.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence Police Department’s K9 Dusko received a bullet and stab protective vest on June 24.

The vest was donated from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. Dusko’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro, AR EOW 1/16/20.”

Vested Interest in K9s Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old, actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744 - $2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lbs. and comes with a five-year warranty.

For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, Mass. 02718.