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Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bady to get Body Armor

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9 Bady will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Bady’s vest is sponsored by Theodore Sippel of Manchester, MI and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Good Luck from Ted”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

BadyVested 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 2,000 protective vests, in 50 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 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 are 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.

 Bady, a German Shepherd Dog, is 20 months old.  He was bred in the Republic of Slovakia and imported into the United States to serve as a police service or military working dog.  He became a member of the Sheriff’s Office in January of this year.  Demonstrating strong aptitudes in all phases, Bady adapted quickly to his training and is certified as a police service dog by the United States Police Canine Association.  “Certified” means that a police service dog meets or exceeds an established national standard set by a national organization as judged by independent national level evaluators representing the certifying authority.  Bady has a detection specialty (narcotics) and is also trained as a general patrol dog to include tracking, searching for people or objects, and criminal apprehension.

It is prudent to recognize that as a police service dog Bady is not a pet and is not treated as such.  Like his human law enforcement officer counterparts, as a professional police service patrol dog, he is trained to protect his partner, others and himself, as well as to apprehend criminal suspects.  As a result, he should be treated with both dignity and respect.  Permission should always be requested prior to attempting to interact with a police service dog.

 

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