Department of Public Safety Dogs To Suit Up For Duty


The Department of Public Safety’s Sheriff K9 Unit will be receiving five bulletproof vests thanks to a non-profit organization’s participation with Groupon Grassroots. The national non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc., partnered with Groupon last month to take donations.

From a press release this morning:

“Our K9’s are sent alone into dark buildings and other dangerous situations, and all they have for protection is a collar,” said Deputy Sheriff Frank Lacaden. “We realized there is a critical need to improve safety for our K9 partners”.

Deputy Sheriff K9 Handler, Frank Lacaden, worked with Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. President Sandy Marciel to get all the legwork done such as measurements, and to submit the requests for five vests in time for the fundraising effort. 

The non-profit met their goal of raising $95,000 to provide 100 K9s with ballistic vests in just three days.  At the close of the campaign on March 20th, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. had raised $155,375.  That money will provide 163 K9s with vests in 30 states.  Hawaii Sheriffs will be awarded the five vests they requested.

Photo credit: Department of Public Safety

Alice Terry

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