Charlevoix sheriff’s K-9 Ezo safer thanks to body armor

Sheriff, Speigl, & Ezo Photo web
Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ezo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and manufacturer, Armor Express, as part of the incentive program for which one free vest is awarded for every 15 vests purchased by the charity.

Sheriff Don Schneider proudly reports Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ezo has received his body armor from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and Armor Express.

Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ezo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and manufacturer, Armor Express, as part of the incentive program for which one free vest is awarded for every 15 vests purchased by the charity.

Sheriff Schneider expressed his sincere gratitude for this life-saving donation.

“The safety of our K-9 is paramount to us,” he said. “This contribution will aid in giving additional protection to Ezo.”

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 K-9 officers.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 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.

Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, 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 atwww.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff is pictured with Deputy Speigl and Ezo the police dog.
Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider is pictured with Deputy Speigl and Ezo the police dog.