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Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ryker has received donation of body armor

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K-9 Ryker sports a bullet and stab protective vest provided by charitable organization Vested Interest in K9s. Submitted photo

Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Ryker received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., according to a news release.

K-9 Ryker’s vest was sponsored by Mark and Joan Lee of McIntosh and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love — Trained to Serve — Loyal Always.”

Vested Interest in K9s, established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity with the stated mission to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for K-9s is U.S. made, custom fitted, and National Institute of Justice certified.

The program is open to U.S. dogs at least 20 months old, actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K-9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.

Vested Interest in K9s accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount. A single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty.

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

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