The Mass Department of Corrections K9 Dodo has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. in memory of former Department of Corrections Employee, Sgt. Dana Taylor who passed away in December of 2014. The vest is embroidered with the sentiment” In memory of Sgt. Dana Taylor, Mass DOC, EOW 12/19/14”.
Dana’s wife Pam was on hand along with some of his friends and co-workers. It was an emotional presentation and we could not be prouder to have K9 Dodo protected in Dana’s honor. Special Operations K9 Commander Sergeant Mark O’Reilly accepted the vest for the DOC. Commissioner Carol Higgins O’Brien thanked everyone for their drive to make this dedication happen.
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. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1700 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.6 million dollars.
New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: http://www.vik9s.org.