February 8, 2021
BATH, NY – From The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office K9 Mac will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non- profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Mac’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Mozart Lodge No. 436” Delivery is expected within 8-10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501c (3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is US made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,183 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to US dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accept tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org or you may mail your contribution to PO Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
K9 Mac is a 27 month old German Shepherd, who is certified in bomb detection tracking. He is currently working on certifying in patrol and assigned to Deputy Micah Swarthout. He became a member of the Steuben County Sheriffs Office in May of 2020.
Mac is named in memory of Michael McCartney who was an attorney with the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office for over 30 years. Mac enjoys chasing and playing with his ball and loves going to work. Mac also enjoys spending time at home — running and playing with the other dogs he lives with.