News Release: Madison County Sheriff's Office
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart is pleased to announce that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit recently received two bullet / stab proof vests for K-9 “Max” and K-9 “Onyx” from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Canines “Max” and “Onyx” as well as their Deputy handlers are certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as full patrol teams.
Both Canine teams are trained in several areas designed to assist the Sheriff’s Office with daily law enforcement duties such as narcotic detection, building and area searching, tracking, evidence recovery, handler protection and criminal apprehension.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet an stab proof protective vests for law enforcement working dogs throughout the United States.
Each vest cost $950.00 and has a five year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 580 law enforcement canines with protective vests since their inception August of 2009.
Over $550,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii. The charity received an anonymous donation of $1900 to cover the cost of both vests for K9s “Max” and “Onyx”.
For more information on Vested Interest in K9s Inc. please visit their web site at: www.vik9s.org