FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT GOES “HOG WILD” IN SUPPORT OF K9 CAUSE
Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently joined with law enforcement agencies from across Massachusetts to participate in an event designed to raise funds to purchase protective vests for law enforcement K9s.
Featuring participants from Suffolk, Plymouth, and Bristol County Sheriff’s Departments; Abington, Randolph, New Bedford, Plainville, Wareham, and Weymouth Police Departments; along with groups, organizations, businesses, and private individuals, the “Hog Wild For K9s Charity Motorcycle Ride” boasted a scenic two–hour tour of approximately 400 bikes and a day full of music, entertainment and activities all aimed at protecting some of law enforcement’s most vulnerable members.
Created by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., an all volunteer 501c(3) non–profit organization based in East Taunton, MA, the Hog Wild for K9s event was envisioned as an opportunity to honor members of law enforcement while helping to support the organization’s continuing goal of outfitting K9s with potentially life–saving equipment.
“Vesting law enforcement dogs is important because they are the first ones sent in when responding to a call and could potentially be in harm’s way,” said Sandy Marcal, President of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. “As a K9 Officer, they need and deserve the same level of protection as their human partner.”
Thus far in 2011, Vested Interest in K9s has provided over 40 bullet and stab resistant vests to K9s throughout the United States, which cost $1,006 each and have a 5–year warranty. According to Marcal, most working dogs require 2 vests during their career and the program allows for the replacement of an expired vest.
The fundraiser – which also featured performances by Rock & Roll cover band Sound Tower & Groove Juice, an all–you–can–eat BBQ, vendor marketplace and a police dunk tank – pulled in an unofficial estimate of $14,000, thanks in part to the many participants on hand to support the organization.
“Working with law enforcement agencies, such as the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department assists in educating the general public about the importance of K9 police work in the community,” Marcal said. “We rely on the departments for K9 demonstrations at our events. It’s a win, win situation. The more awareness about the K9 programs and the vesting program, the more police dogs we are able to provide with bullet and stab protective vests. We appreciate the support of the law enforcement agencies.”
For more information about Vested Interest in K9’s, visit: www.vik9s.org or call (508) 824–6978.