JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Buck, a K9 for the Jennings Police Department has been working without protection for a year.
Vested Interest in K9′s Inc., a nonprofit that aims to help our four-legged friends, recently gifted Buck with his own bullet-proof vest. Buck’s trainer, Christopher Wallace couldn’t be happier that his partner is getting protection.
“There are dogs dying on the street, getting shot, stabbed, kicked, whatever the case may be," Wallace said. "It doesn’t happen often but with the bullet-proof vest, that time could come. There’s been more canine shots here recently so we’d like to take that extra measure and make sure they’re safe.”
Vested Interest said anyone can provide a vest by donating $950. That’s compared to the actual value which can be over $2000.
“Canine Vested Interests, they are nationwide doing this," Wallace said. “Basically, all you have to do is submit an application to them.”
For a dog to be eligible, the only need to meet a few requirements.
“Has to be working at the department," Wallace said. "Has to be trained, certified, and at that point, they’re eligible for the vests.”
If you choose to donate, you can add your own personal touch.
Buck’s says "Honoring those who served and sacrificed.”
“It means a lot. People do actually have some heart for these dogs,” Wallace said. “Even though, yes, at the end of the day, they’re going to catch bad guys, but we don’t want them getting shot. We don’t want them getting hurt. They are just like our kids. They’re with us 24/7."
If you’d like to donate, click HERE.