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Posted on: July 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Lake County Sheriff’s Office K9s Zeus and Drako have Received Donation of Body Armor

Lake County Sheriff’s Office K9s Zeus and Drako have received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Zeus’ vest was sponsored by Barbara Napolitano of Oak Brook, IL and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by B. Napolitano”.  K9 Drako’s vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Brittany Piccola of Watchung, NJ and embroidered with the sentiment “In honor of Nancy Plis”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 5,127 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.  

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 

Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has been such a tremendous partner for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and to law enforcement across the country.  This amazing organization makes it their mission to ensure canines across the country are equipped with the same body armor as our deputies and police officers.  We are very grateful for donors Barbara Napolitano and Brittany Piccola.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $985 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1800.00, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.    

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