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Posted: Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:10AM

Berrien County K-9s To Receive Ballistics Vests

The Berrien County Sheriff's Department K-9 units will soon have ballistic vests. A nationwide Groupon event organized by the nonprofit group Vested Interest in K-9s Incorporated raised the money for the vests at no cost to Berrien County according to Lieutenant Robert Boyce.


The opportunity for the vests came up as the handlers for Nero and Pokky were at a training seminar. Boyce tells us they will be receiving the vests within the next several weeks.


Over $335,000 was raised by the group in February and March to pay for vests for 350 police dogs nationwide. In one week last year, Vested Interest for K-9s raised over $155,000 and put that money toward providing vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. The money was raised through a suggested $10 donation when people bought a Groupon coupon.


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