Banner – University Medical Center Tucson K9 Miesha receives donation of body armor
Thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., law enforcement assistant dog Miesha has received a bullet and stab protected vest.
Contact: Rebecca.RuizMcgill@bannerhealth.com; 520-360-0308
TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 10, 2020) – Banner – University Medical Center Tucson K9, Miesha has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Sharon Johnson of Arizona and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”.
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 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars.
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.
“One of the criteria to be awarded the vest, is to be certified by the National Police Canine Association. Miesha and I, spend many hours training to keep up the standards of her specialties. I believe there is a responsibility to our staff, patients and visitors to train and be prepared to keep them safe. The Banner Security Department appreciates the efforts of the private citizen from Scottsdale and K9 Vested INC to protect Miesha,” said Banner K9 Supervisor Monty Graham.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, 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.
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