Local K9 officer receives vest

February 8, 2017 by  

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., along with resident Margie Mills has donated a protective vest to the Shelton police department for K9 unit officer Stryker.

The vest, which protects against both stabbing and bullets, was ordered in summer of 2016 in memory of Mills’ adopted therapy dog, Sandy. Sandy had a part in a local high school’s production of Annie, worked in the Youth Connection program, and volunteered at various medical facilities starting in 2003.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc in East Taunton, MA started in 2009. It provides protective vests to dogs that work in law enforcement or other departments where they may need protection in the line of duty. Dogs eligible for protective vests through the charity must be at least 20 months old and certified as K9 units in their departments.

With the help of business and individual donations, the charity has given more than 2,100 vests to dogs in every state, spending almost $2 million. Each vest, created by Michigan’s Armor Express, costs $1,050 and comes with a warranty that lasts for five years. With a weight of around 4lb, they can be worth up to double their price.

Stryker could show off his new vest and help the department raise money by posing for holiday cards or calendars, which the police department could sell as a fundraiser. Calendar fundraisers are a popular way to raise funds for any organization.