FOUNTAIN – A four-legged member of the Fountain Police Department will soon have an added layer of protection to help him keep in safe on patrol.
The department announced Wednesday that K9 Phoenix will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit, Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. The vest is sponsored by an anonymous sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment, “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.” The vest will be delivered within eight to ten weeks.
According to Fountain PD, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity based in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S. The organization was founded in 2009, and has since provided over 3,100 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million.
The program is open to certified dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are at least 20 months of age.
For more information about volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, call 508 – 824-6978, or visit www.vik9s.org.