September 13, 2016
Walton County, Fla— The Walton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Faro has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Desman and Jamie Carter of Cartercraft Roofing, Inc. located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The vest has been embroidered with the sentiment “Desma & Jaimie Carter & Cartercraft Roofing Cares 4 K9s”.
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 2,000 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. Walton County Sheriff’s Office consists of a six member K9 Unit.
“Both of us appreciate the donation very much,” said Deputy Chris Whatmough, K9 Faro’s handler.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. 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.