State police K-9 Silver gets protective vest
BRIDGEPORT >> Connecticut State Police’s K-9 Silver has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
The vest will be embroidered with “In Memory of K-9 Ike, Vancouver Police Department.”
Silver has been assigned to Trooper First Class Thomas Mitri since September 2015 and is working at Troop G in Bridgeport. K-9 Silver is a 2½-year-old Malinois trained in all patrol functions, including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience.
Vested Interest aims to give vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies nationwide. Through donations, it has provided more than 2,200 protective vests at a cost of more than $1.9 million. All vests are custom-made by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich.
The program is open to dogs working with law enforcement or related agencies that are certified and at least 20 months old. New K9 graduates, as well as those with expired vests, may participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest is $1,050. Each vest weighs 4-5 pounds and has a value of $1,795-$2,234 and a five-year warranty. There are about 30,000 law enforcement K9s in the nation.
For more information, call 508-824-6978; go to www.vik9s.org or write to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, Mass. 02718.