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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Press Release: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office K9s Kantor, Echo, Fanta, Junior, and Rex have received

For Immediate Release

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office K9s Kantor, Echo, Fanta, Junior and Rex have received their bullet and stab protective vests thanks to non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office K9s Kantor, Echo, Fanta, Junior, and Rex have received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  The vests were embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro, AR EOW 1/16/20”.

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 NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,101 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 lb., 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.

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Press Contact:
Major J. Sifford
704-216-8668
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Three sheriff's office members posing in front of historic courthouse with their K9 partners

(L to R) Master Deputy Basinger with K9 Kantor, Master Deputy Holshouser with K9 Echo, and Sergeant Smith with K9 Junior

Deputy M Lovingood with K9 Fanta in front of Memorial

Deputy Lovingood with K9 Fanta

Deputy Efird with K9 Rex in front of Memorial

Deputy Efird with K9 Rex

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