ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) -
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office K9 now has protection when he goes out on scenes. K9 Rex received a bullet and stab proof vest donated by the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and the vest maker, Armor Express. The company gives away one free vest for every 15 purchased by the charity.
"K9 Rex and all of our K9 deputies are valuable assets our agency, and we are incredibly thankful to Vested Interest in K9s for these wonderful donations to our agency, which will help keep our K9s safe while they are doing their job to keep the citizens of St. Tammany Parish safe," Sheriff Jack Strain said.
The sheriff's office has been approved to receive vests for seven of its K9s. Rex is the first K9 to get his vest.
Rex is a 5-year-old German Shepherd and is certified to patrol and work with the narcotics division. His handler is DFC Henry Denny Moore.