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GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A four-legged deputy in Brown County received a bulletproof vest, thanks to a charitable donation.

According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, police dog Zeno received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.

Zero’s vest was sponsored by a fund-raiser hosted by Shayna Parsons of Powhatan Point, Ohio, and is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Donnie Buff.”

According to its website, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the country.

“We offer state-of-the-art bullet and stab protective vests made in the United States that provide ultimate protection for K-9s,” the website reads.

Each donation totaling $950 makes it possible to purchase one vest, which is usually valued between $1,795 and $2,234, according to Vested Interest’s website. Each vest has a warranty of five years.

Vests are distributed by the non-profit on either a tiered basis or, as in the case of Zeno, by an individual vest sponsorship. The priorities of the non-profit are new K-9s, K-9s who had their first vest passed down and replacement vests.

Those wanting more information on donations or volunteer efforts of Invested in K-9s, Inc. can visit its website at www.wik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.

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