Johnson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Boss will receive a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

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. has provided more than 3,000 protective vests for K9s in 50 states, through private and corporate donations. Those vests have a total value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283 and a five-year warranty. They have an average weight of 4 to 5 lbs.

There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, 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 donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K9 Boss is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois who has been employed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for two years. Along with his road patrol duties, K9 Boss is a member of the Johnson County and Warrensburg SWAT team. He is certified as a Dual Purpose K9 who is certified in Narcotics Detections and Aggression Control. On his days off he loves spending quality time outside with his handler playing with his favorite ball.

This vest donation will be very useful in keeping K9 Boss safe as he continues to serve the citizens of Johnson County.