Edmonds police dog Kira to get protective vest of her own

Kira with her handler, Corporal Shane Hawley.

Kira with her handler, Corporal Shane Hawley.

K9 Kira of the Edmonds Police Department will be receiving bullet- and stab-protective vests thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization, and The Petco Foundation.

Kira is the second Edmonds poilice dog to get a vest. K9 Hobbs of the Edmonds Police Department received a vest earlier this year.

The nonprofit Vested Interest, which provides protective vests for law enforcement dogs nationwide, was the beneficiary of the Petco Foundation’s “Helping Heroes” campaign that raised $10,687. A total of 14 dogs across the U.S. will receive a vest, which costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.

Kira’s vest will arrive in six to eight weeks, said Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh.

Donations can be made by mail to Vested Interest in K9s ,P.O. Box 9, EastTaunton, MA02718 or through the website.

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