St. Tammany K9 officers receive body armor

St. Tammany K9 officers receive body armor
K9 Officer Sarge (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)
K9 Officer Sarge (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)
K9 Officer Nero (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)
K9 Officer Nero (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A non-profit organization donated bullet- and stab-protective vests to five St. Tammany Parish K9s: Nero, Sarge, Cado, Thor, and Cenzo.

The program is open to dogs who are certified and at least 20 months old.

The organization that supplied the vests is Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit based in East Taunton, MA. Since it was founded in 2009, it has provided more than 1,800 protective vests to dogs in 49 states at a cost of over $1.6 million. All the vests are custom-made by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

"K9s Nero, Sarge, Cado, Thor, and Cenzo 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 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office provided a biography for each of the dogs who received a vest:

K9 Nero is a 3-year-old German Shepherd assigned to Deputy Clint Kiley.  K9 Nero is patrol and narcotics certified.  DFC Kiley has been a K9 handler with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office since 2013.   K9 Nero was born in the city of Vitanova, located in Slovakia. He was purchased from LA K9, located in Abbeville.  He became a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office in 2013 and has completed approximately 550 hours of training with DFC Kiley.   K9 Nero enjoys running in open fields, playing fetch and K9 training days.  He dislikes sharing his water bowl with bloodhound K9 Jep.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 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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