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K-9 Oso Receives a Gift of Protection
Hillsboro Police Department’s K-9 Oso has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The cost to provide the protective K-9 vest - $950.
The vests provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. are valued between $1,744 – $2,283. They weigh four to five pounds and have a five-year warranty.
The program is open to certified law enforcement dogs at least 20 months old employed in the U.S. New K-9 graduates, and those with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
Oso’s vest, sponsored by Joseph Newsom of Tigard, is embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Skin City Tattoo,” a business owned by Newsom.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity in East Taunton, MA whose mission is providing bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement dogs and related agencies throughout the U.S. It was established in 2009 and has provided more than 3,000 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, valued at $5.7 million dollars.