Linn County K-9 officer getting new protective vest

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer is the recipient of a bullet and stab protective vest.

According to a news release, K-9 officer Bingo received the vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit organization that strives to provide protective vests to K-9 officers. The donation was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by the Alaska K-9 Center in North Pole, Alaska. The vest is embroidered with “In memory of K-9 Helo, Alaska State Trooper.”

Since Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was founded in 2009, more than 2,600 protective vests have been provided to dogs in all 50 states through private and corporate donations.

The donation to provide a protective vest is $950. Each vest is valued at $1,744 to $2,283 and has a five-year warranty.

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