(Pinedale, Wyo – March 29th, 2021) The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office introduces K9 Frankie to the agency, and receives donation of body armor.
Today, the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office introduced its newest member K9 Frankie. Frankie is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois from Mexico. Her handler will be Deputy Krystal Mansur who has been training with her for the past few weeks. K9 Frankie is trained to detect illegal narcotics. Welcome to the SCSO K9 Frankie!
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office K9 Frankie receives donation of body armor
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office K9 Frankie has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Frankie’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ike, Vancouver Police Department”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,200 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
Sergeant Travis Bingham
Public Information Officer
Sublette County Sheriff's Office
35 1/2 S. Tyler Ave, PO Box 701
Pinedale, WY 82941