K9 Bonny

K9 Bonny, assigned to the Department of Corrections, will soon receive a bullet and stabbing protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation.

CONCORD — A K9 assigned to the state prison system will soon receive a bullet and stabbing protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections’ K9 Bonny will receive the protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Bonny’s vest is sponsored by Pat Carter of Bethel, Maine, and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Caleb Densmore from his family.”

Delivery is expected within 8-10 weeks, a Department of Corrections official said.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., 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 acquiring 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 cost of $5.7 million.

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.

Each vest has a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, 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, Mass., 02718.

Paul Feely is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Reach him at pfeely@unionleader.com