Clinton’s police dog to receive donated body armor
CLINTON — Sonny, the canine officer with the Clinton Police Department, will receive a bullet- and stab-proof protective vest courtesy of a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s.
Sonny’s vest is sponsored by the Blackwell family of Southington and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of FF Chris Blackwell FDNY R3 9-1101.”
The vest is expected to arrive within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., 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 nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 Unit officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s provided over 2,700 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $2.3 million.
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 dogs with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement dog is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4 to 5 pounds.
There are 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 taxdeductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
Clinton Police Department K9 officer Sonny will receive body armor from a charitable organization in honor of a Connectocut 9/11 victim.