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DECEMBER 31, 2015.”                                                                  UPDATED: January 1, 2019

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Baxter,
to get donation of body armor

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office K9 Baxter will receive a bullet and stab
protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Baxter’s vest is sponsored by Kellie Earnhardt
of Benson, NC and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of
protection provided by the Earnhardts”. Delivery is expected within eight to
ten weeks.

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.

Deputy Sheriff Dustin Cunningham and Baxter are the front line defenders of
the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. They work in tandem to ensure the safety
of our community and our first responders! We are so very grateful for Vested
Interest in K9s, Inc. Their generosity will give Baxter better protection when
apprehending dangerous individuals that threaten the safety of Lincoln
County.

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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                                                                                                     November 7, 2019