A K9 officer with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will receive a bullet and stab protective vest.
K9 officer Zuka will receive the vest thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a non-profit organization. Susan Phifer of Tipton, IN sponsored the donation of Zuka’s vest, and it will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Tanya Phifer Reed.” K9 Zuka should have the vest within eight to ten weeks.
Zuka’s Deputy Sheriff partner is 1st Shift Deputy Matt Lane.
Since its inception in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations. 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.
For more information on Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., click here.