Hampshire County K-9 "Lycos" Receives Body Armor
Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office K9 Lykos has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a
charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Lykos’s vest is
embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies
with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested
Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate
donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in
Central Lake, MI.

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 $1,050.00. Each vest has a value
between $1,795 – $2,234 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. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O.
Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Quote from the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office:
The Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office is most grateful for the generosity shown by Vested Interest in K-9s,
Inc. The vest will help protect our K-9 when he is utilized in critical/dangerous scenarios. K-9s are a vital
part of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office and we greatly value the lives of our K-9s and this vest
undoubtedly provides a great level of much needed protection for Lykos. Again, we greatly thank Vested
Interest in K-9s, Inc for donating this vest to Lykos.