K9 Jett

The Le Sueur County Sheriff K9 Jett poses with his new bullet and stab protective vest, donated by Vested in Interest in K9s, Inc. (Photo courtesy of Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office)

Le Sueur County Sheriff K9 Jett has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vest was sponsored by Robina R. Ballina, MD, JD of Shakopee, and embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”.

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 nonprofit 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. has provided over 3,400 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

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 K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 

Reach Reporter Carson Hughes at 507-931-8572.

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