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Sheriff K-9 to receive donated ballistic vest
10/31/2016 5:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Sheriff K-9 to receive donated ballistic vest

Report Number:



County of Ventura

Date & Time:

October 31, 2016

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's K-9 Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


K-9 Chief ' a happy and hardworking German Shepherd.




Ventura County Sheriff's Office K-9 Chief will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K-9 Chief's vest is sponsored by Peter Stanton of Happy Tails Dog Rescue in Ocean Ridge, FL and will be embroidered with the sentiment 'Donated by Happy Tails Dog Rescue, Ocean Ridge, FL'.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

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 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars.  All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. 

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 $1,050.00, has a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s 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 or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718


Prepared by:

Deputy Jonathan Carver


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Rob Davidson - (805)648-9275


Approved by:

Commander Bill Ayub



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).