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K-9 officers receive new vests

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K-9 officer Dako wears a new bullet- and stab-protective vest recently donated to the Nash County Sheriff's Office.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, February 5, 2018

Nash County's K-9 officers will be safer on the job thanks to body armor donated by a nonprofit group.

Dako and Dino are sporting new bullet- and stab-protective vests given to the Nash County Sheriff's Office by Vested Interest in K9s.

The Sheriff’s Office is excited and blessed to have received the vests, said Capt. Eddie Moore.

“These vests provide protection for our four-legged partners that put their lives in harm’s way just as our two-legged ones do,” Moore said. “These vests are expensive but necessary, and thanks to the support and work of this nonprofit organization, we have received them at no cost to our agency or the citizens of Nash County.”

The Sheriff’s Office is still in the application process for its other K-9 units, Moore said in a press release.

“Dako and Dino are just the first two to receive theirs, but we expect to receive more in the near future,” Moore said.

Dino is 3 years old and has been partnered with Sgt. Josh Trull for the last year and a half. Dino is trained strictly as a narcotics detection dog.

Dako is 4 years old and has been partnered with Deputy David Walker for the last two years and 10 months. Dako is a full patrol K-9 in that he is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, apprehension, evidence detection and handler protection.

Dako’s vest was sponsored by an anonymous citizen and embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”

Dino’s vest was sponsored by Michelle and John Egan of Colorado Springs, Colo., with the words “Born to Love — Trained to Serve — Loyal Always.”

Vested Interest is located in East Taunton, Mass. Established in 2009, the charity's mission is to provide safety vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S. and has given out more than 2,700 protective vests in all 50 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of more than $2.3 million.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies that are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K-9 graduates as well as K-9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one 4.5-pound protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283 and a five-year warranty.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call Vested Interest at 508-824-6978.

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