Lenoir Police K9s get new protective vests thanks to generous donations

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Mato and Cerik (Credit: Lenoir Police Department)

Three police dogs in Lenoir have been fitted with new protective vests thanks to a generous donation. 

Lenoir Police Department K9s Axel, Mato, and Cerik got brand new vests that help protect them from bullet and stab wounds. The vests, mbroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love – Trained to Serve – Loyal Always," were donated by the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

“We are thankful for the grant and the opportunity to provide even greater protection for our K-9 partners,” Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown said. “Captain Wilson did a great job coordinating the application process, and we’ve had tremendous support from our community in this effort.” 

The donation to provide one protective vest for a K9 is $1,050 and each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234. 

Last year, the K9's tracked down 16 suspects, leading to six apprehensions. They also did 20 building searches and 200 narcotics searched leading to the seizure of more than $25,000 in cash and more than $340,000 in narcotics.

For more information you can visit http://www.vik9s.org/.