Sheriff K9s to get 5 bulletproof vests

National animal-related Groupon event provided the funds

Published  1:59 PM HST Apr 11, 2013
HONOLULU -

The Department of Public Safety's Sheriff K9 Unit will be receiving five bulletproof vests thanks to a nationwide animal-related Groupon event that ran March 13 through March 20.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc., was the non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate.   People could give a $10 donation to Vested Interest in K9s Inc. through Groupon.

All funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for our community and their Deputy partners.

"Our K9s are sent alone into dark buildings and other dangerous situations, and all they have for protection is a collar," said Deputy Sheriff Frank Lacaden. "We realized there is a critical need to improve safety for our K9 partners."

Deputy Sheriff K9 Handler, Frank Lacaden, worked with Vested Interest in K9s Inc. President Sandy Marciel to get all the legwork done such as measurements, and to submit the requests for five vests in time for the fundraising effort.

The non-profit met their goal of raising $95,000 to provide 100 K9s with ballistic vests in just three days.  At the close of the campaign on March 20, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. had raised $155,375.

That money will provide 163 K9s with vests in 30 states. Hawaii sheriffs will be awarded the five vests they requested.

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