MARION COUNTY,OH- The Marion County Sheriff's Office has announced that K9 Taz will receive a bullet and stab protective vest.
The vest is thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization. The vest is sponsored by a anonymous donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of Fanchon".
The vest is expected to arrive in eight to ten weeks.
K9 Taz joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office in 2016. He joined his K9 Handler Deputy DJ Barron after the retirement of K9 Sig. Taz will also be joined by K9 Nero, who joined in February of this year, to the sheriff's office K9 program with Handler Deputy Ryan Kelly.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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 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 in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,200 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. 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.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to PO Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.