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Nash sheriff’s K-9 to receive body armor

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NASHVILLE — Nash County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Pebbles will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K-9 Pebbles’ vest is sponsored by Jim Maples of Huntsville, Alabama, and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Jim Maples.”

Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s is a charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, 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 nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s provided more than 3,500 U.S.-made, custom-fitted protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million.

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. New K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283 and has a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s provides information, lists events and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K-9 Pebbles is the last of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office dogs to be awarded a vest.