K-9 unit receives body armor thanks to non-profit

Photo courtesy: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Thanks to a non-profit a K-9 unit with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is better prepared to serve the community.

K-9 Taz received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to Vested Interest in K9s. The vest was sponsored by Michelle and Paul Blaskowski of Colorado Springs and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Michelle & Paul Blaskowski”.

Each vest provided by the organization is valued between $1,700 and $2,300. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. 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 K-9 graduates, as well as K-9's with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., call 508-824-6978.

Taz is a Belgian Malinois and is handled by Deputy Nicholas Witherite.