Timber, a Hillsboro Police K9, received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation via a non-profit organization.
Timber, a German shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix, has been in Hillsboro for the last year and a half, working with Officer Mike Lee. The two have numerous captures, but Timber did not have a protective vest.
The donation came from a Sherwood couple, via the non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, and will bear the words “Protection in memory of Sebastian and Lilo.”
Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
The Hillsboro Police Department is proud and grateful to receive this donation. It will help both Timber and his handler, Officer Lee, to do their jobs safely and more efficiently.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050, but each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 and a five-year warranty. Each vest weighs an average of 4 pounds to 5 pounds.
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 provided more than 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.9 million. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake MI.
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.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718