Six canines from the Erie County Sheriff's Office will receive life-saving body armor thanks to the generosity of a non-profit called 'Vested Interest'.
Earlier this year, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard announced K-9 Apollo was awarded a protective vest. Vested Interest has announced that ECSO's other K-9 officers, Ciro, Drago, Loki, Calli, Haso and Monty will also receive body armor.
Ciro, Drago and Loki are certified in explosive detection and Calli, Haso and Monty are certified narcotics detection K-9s. All dogs are certified in tracking and police services.
Each vest costs about $950. The vests are sponsored by Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club and will be embroidered with, "Gifted by SICDTC, Staten Island, NY". Delivery of the vests is expected in the next two to three months.
Vested Interest is located in East Taunton, Mass. They provide bullet and stab protective vests to law enforcement dogs throughout the country.