MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. - According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), their K9 Rex, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation.
MCSO Lt. Kirk Mason, who oversees the Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit said their canine partners have evolved from being strictly protection partners to person trackers, evidence seekers and tactical partners.
“The donation of these vests will allow our canine partners to safely work side by side, with their handler, in day to day situations which tend to increase in both numbers and complexity,” Mason said. “Our handlers will now have the peace of mind in knowing that their canine partner will be deployed in all situations, knowing that their canine partner has the highest level of affordable protection currently being offered."
MCSO said the donation was made from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., which was established in 2009 to assist dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the country. It has provided more than 2,400 protective K9 vests so far.
According to MCSO, K9 Rex’s vest is sponsored by Coburn’s Construction & Cabinetry, Inc. of Willits. Delivery of Rex’s brand new vest is expected within 8 to ten weeks.