Faulkner County Sheriff's Office K-9 Timon will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department."

Delivery is expected within 8 to 10 weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four-legged K-9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided more than 2,900 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the US with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months old. New K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744-$2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the US. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination online at www.vik9s.org or by mail to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

K-9 Timon is 2 and a half years old and loves to play with his ball. One of his favorite things to do is to track and chase. K-9 Timon and Deputy Keenan Wallace graduated from Little Rock K-9 Academy in November 2017. K-9 Timon is highly skilled in tracking, illegal narcotic detection and violent criminal apprehension.

Sheriff Tim Ryals said he wants to thank Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for supplying yet another layer of protection for the investment that the department made in purchasing its K-9 deputy. There have been several reports over the years of injuries inflicted on K-9s in other departments. With the added protection of this vest, our K-9 will be better able to protect the deputies as well as the citizens of Faulkner County.