FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut State Police’s K-9 Asher will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s.
The vest is sponsored by Wagging Tails Pet Sitting and Mobile Grooming of Southington, and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Donated by Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming.” Delivery is expected within 10 weeks.
Asher has been assigned to Trooper First Class Jessica Colburn for two years and is currently working at Troop A in Southbury, which serves many towns across northern Fairfield County, including Bethel, Newtown, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Sherman, Danbury, Redding and Ridgefield.
The 3-year-year-old German Shepard is trained in all patrol functions, including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience.
The trooper/dog is also a human remains detection dog on the search and rescue team.
The mission of Vested Interest in K9s, in East Taunton, Mass., is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for its four-legged K9 partners. Through private and corporate donations, it has provided more than 1,700 protective vests in 49 states at a cost of more than $1.6 million.
The vests are custom made in the USA. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the United States 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. The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.
For more information, to learn about volunteer opportunities or to donate, call 508-824-6978.
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