Bennington County Sheriff's Office K9 Millie has Received Body ArmorOn Wednesday February 21 the Bennington County Sheriff's Office K9 Millie received her bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Deborah Huether and Nate Sumner of Villari's Martial Arts of Williamstown, MA and embroidered with the sentiment "Gifted by the students at Villari's of Williamstown". Sheriff Schmidt invited Ms. Huether and Mr. Sumner of Vallari's Martial Arts to the Sheriff's Office to show them the vest and how Millie wears it. Also invited were the Bennington Banner's photographer Holly Pelczynski and Facebook Bennington Blotter photographer Christopher Wright.
The attached photographs show Millie wearing her vest, the embroidery gift and Sheriff Schmidt standing along side Sergeant Howard, Millie and Vallari's Martial Arts School. Sheriff Schmidt is proud to have Millie on the Department and protected. He is equally proud with the donation efforts of Villari's Martial Arts of Williamstown. 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 non-profit 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. provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 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. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
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