Anonymous donor buys ballistic vest for Suffolk Police K-9 dog

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jan 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-29 11:44:24-05

Officer Babor with K9 Kilo

Suffolk, Va. – The Suffolk Police Department’s K-9 dog ‘Kilo’ will be a lot safer on the job thanks to an anonymous donor.

The department recently learned it will be awarded a ballistic vest from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. thanks to the anonymous donor who provided $950.00 for the vest.

“These K-9 dogs become members of the Officer’s family and the Department’s family. It is important to give them the added protection of a vest. While it won’t be worn all the time, it will be worn in high risk situations,” according to Chief Thomas Bennett.

Vested Interest in K-9s mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty.

The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K-9 Officers.

Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. provided over 1200 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $1.1 million.