Maine State Prison K-9 to receive bullet-proof vest
Augusta — K9 TJ, a Belgian Malinois, will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization.
A donation made to the organization by Economy Motors of Hermon will cover the cost of the ballistic vest for the Maine Department of Corrections K9.
Cpl. Richard “Rick” Greene is a corrections officer K-9 handler at Maine State Prison in Warren. Corp. Greene and TJ are teammates.
“My family and I would like to thank Sandy Marcal, president of Vested Interest in K-9s, for helping to protect our four legged friends and Mr. and Mrs. Martin, owners of Economy Motors of Hermon Maine for funding TJ’s vest. This custom made ballistic vest brings us piece of mind. It will provide a level of protection that a handler is not able to provide. This will help keep my partner and I safer while we work to keep our community safe,” said Greene in a news release.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) all-volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Mass. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 438 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August 2009. More than $400,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 36 states.
For more information about Vested Interest in K9s visit vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.