FPD K-9s to get vests
Last updated 6/15/2022 at 10:17am | View PDF
Two special dogs at the Fountain Police Department will be receiving potentially life-saving protective gear thanks to some generous donors in the community.
K-9s Goose and Moody each will receive a bullet and stab-protective vest through charitable donations from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Goose's vest is sponsored by Jonathan Allamani of Colorado Springs, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Honoring those who served and sacrificed." Goose joined FPD in the fall of 2021 and focuses on narcotics searches.
Moody's vest is sponsored by Mindy King of Heart'felt Travels in Fountain, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of Jinx, El Paso County SO, EOW 4/11/22." Moody joined FPD in the fall of 2020. Moody also specializes in drug detection.
Jinx is the beloved El Paso County Sheriff''s Office K-9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty by an armed suspect in Manitou Springs on April 9.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and certified by the National Institute of Justice. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 4,682 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 pounds, and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.