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Kenton Sheriff K9 Receives Bullet and Stab-Protective Vest

A K9 at the Kenton County Sheriff's Office will be better protected thanks to a new vest.

Shadow, who works as a K9 in the sheriff's department, is the recipient of a bullet and stab-protective vest won by the department through a grant process by Best Interest in K9s, Inc.

The East Taunton, Mass.-based nonprofit provides such vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies across the country.

Since 2009, the organization has provided more than 3,200 protective vests, valued at $5.7 million dollars, according to a news release.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 

-Staff report

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