Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bady has been Awarded a Bullet & Stab Resistant Vest
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bady has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization. K9 Bady’s vest is sponsored by Theodore Sippel of Manchester, MI and embroidered with the sentiment “Good Luck from Ted”.
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 2,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 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 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 $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 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.
Bred in the Republic of Slovakia, K9 Bady was imported to the U.S. to serve as a police or military service working dog. He became a member of the Sheriff’s Office in January of this year. He is certified as a patrol, tracking and drug detection dog by the United States Police Canine Association, (USPCA). “Certified” means that he exceeds an established national standard as judged by independent national level evaluators representing the certifying authority.
Bady is the fourth Sheriff’s Office police service dog to receive a protective vest, as a result of Mr. Sippel’s generosity, through Vested Interests in K9, Inc. Bady proudly serves the Washtenaw County community with his partner and handler, Corporal Gerrod Visel.