GROTON -- K-9 Lola of the Groton Police Department recently received a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K-9s Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization and Macys.
Macys of Hyannis awarded the grant to Vested Interest in K-9s for a $950 donation for Lola.
The made-to-order vest was recently delivered and will protect Lola from bullet and stab wounds as well as blunt-force trauma.
Vested Interest in K-9s President Sandy Marcal said, "We are very grateful to Macys, who made this gift of protection possible for K-9 Lola of the Groton Police Department."
Vested Interest in K-9s is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer charity located in East Taunton, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law-enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law-enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K-9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K-9s has provided more than 435 law-enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009. Over $400,000 in K-9 vests has been donated in 36 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, Mich., exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, which also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.
New K-9 graduates as well as K-9s with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.
For information about Vested Interest in K-9s, visit vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.
Donations are accepted via mail at Vested Interest in K-9s Inc., P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website.