K9 Isa, Lubo, & Tymo to get donation of body armor
Bullet and stab protective vests
Pflugerville Police Department’s K9 Isa, Lubo, & Tymo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.K9 Isa’s vest is sponsored by Ruth Knoll of Kalua Kona, HI and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Frosty”. K9 Lubo’s vest is sponsored by Kristen Emmett of Southampton, MA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love- Trained to Serve- Loyal Always”. K9 Tymo’s vest is sponsored by Kathleen Clark of West Burke, VT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring Those Who Served and Sacrificed”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 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 K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Get to know our K9's:
Pictured from left to right: Officer Matt Condreay and K9 Tymo, Officer Glenn Hodgson and K9 Isa, Officer Ian Clark and K9 Lubo.
K9 Tymo is an almost 3 year old German Shepherd brought to the U.S. from Poland. Tymo started his police career with the Pflugerville Police Department in April of 2018 and has been paired with his handler Officer Matt Condreay. Together they are trained and certified to find and locate various narcotics and track, locate, or apprehend suspects. Tymo loves playing fetch and won’t stop till his handler gets tired of throwing the ball He will do anything for his kong and leaps with excitements when it’s time to go to work. Tymo’s least favorite activity is sitting still.
K9 Isa is a 5 year old German Shepherd from Croatia. Isa started with the Pflugerville Police Department and Police work in 2015. She is currently paired with her handler Officer Glenn Hodgson and they have been together since December of 2017. Isa and Glenn are certified to locate and alert to narcotics and in trailing persons. Isa’s favorite thing to do, besides work, is swimming in the pool. Her least favorite thing is when her dad leaves the house without her so she waits at the door patiently for him to return.
K9 Lubo is a 2 year old German Shepherd from Poland but loves it in Texas. He recently began his police career in December of 2018 with his handle Officer Ian Clark and the Pflugerville Police Department. Together they are certified to find and locate various narcotics as well as track, locate, or apprehend suspects. Lubo has already proven himself to be a good boy and is always ready to work when he get out. Lubo loves to get his coat brushed and any game where he wins his kong. His doesn’t like when he has to go home and doesn’t understand why Officer Clark can’t work all day every day too.