One K9 is set to receive a new life saving bullet and stab protective vest. 

Smoke, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9, is receiving this donation comes from a charitable non-profit organization called Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc.

Officials say Vested Interest in K9’s is sponsored by Dr. Lisa Kuntz and Dr. Billie Mcnealey of Windsor, CT. This vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Tails.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. 

Officials say this organization’s sole mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S. They say it was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement with this potentially life-saving body armor for K9 officers like Smoke. 

Officials say Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S with law enforcement who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates officials say, with expired vests are also eligible to participate. 

There’s approximately 30,000 law enforcement K9’s throughout the United States. Officials say $950.00 is all it takes to provide one K-9 Officer a vest, and possibly save their life.