JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A German Shepard who works with a North Carolina sheriff’s office has been fitted for a bullet-proof vest, which will be donated to the K-9 officer.
K9 Blek is being protected from bullets and knives thanks to a donation from the nonprofit group Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.
Blek, whose handler is Deputy C. Cintron of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, is trained and certified in narcotics, tracking and patrol.
Since its inception in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. of East Taunton, MA has provided more than 1,700 protective vests through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.6 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.