The Edmonds Police Department’s new police dog, Hobbs, will be receiving a ballistic vest, thanks to a nationwide even that raised over $335,000.
The non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.,partnered with Groupon Grassroots to offer GROUPON consumers the ability to make an online $10 donation to purchase ballistic vests for police dogs.The nonprofit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which will provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the U.S.
K9 Hobbs will be receiving his vest soon — and the Edmonds Police Department’s other K9 Kira will be applying for one in the near future, said Edmonds Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh.
“Very impressive campaign for a great cause,” Officer Jason Robinson, K9 Hobbs’ partner said about the Vested Interest donation.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is still accepting donations through its website: www.vik9s.org and via the U.S. mail at P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.