Williamson County K9s get new armored vests after social media call

K9 Nemo (Williamson County Sheriff's Office Photo)
K9 Nemo (Williamson County Sheriff's Office Photo)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Less than a day after the Williamson County sheriff took to Twitter and Facebook asking for help to outfit the department’s K-9s with armored vests, a company stepped up to answer the call.

Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted Tuesday that he was looking for grants or places that have the vests. He explained that deputies can’t start a GoFundMe page to specifically ask for monetary donations, but that they can accept items.

Vested Interest In K9s, Inc. saw the post and offered to donate seven vests to protect the dogs, according to Chody. The non-profit organization has helped outfit 2,687 bullet and stab proof vests for K-9s in all 50 states, according to the company’s reply to one of Chody’s Facebook posts.

“Sheriff Chody, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. would be delighted to work with your department to donate vests for ALL of the qualifying K9s in need,” the company wrote.

Each custom-fitted vest can cost between $1,795 and $2,234, according to the Vested Interest in K9s website.

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