Two Jacksonville Police K9s, Hootch and Loco, will receive ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT which raised more than $335,000.
The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th.
Over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide will be outfitted with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a 501c (3) organization, is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
There are about 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.