PetArmor® Outfits Austin, Texas' Patrol K-9 Unit With Bullet And Stab Protective Vests
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PetArmor®, known for its veterinarian-quality products that protect dogs and cats from fleas and ticks, is now also helping to protect the K-9s who help keep the country safe. PetArmor's® recent donation provided bullet and stab protective vests to all K-9s in Austin, Texas' Patrol K-9 Unit.
As part of a yearlong partnership with Vested Interest in K-9s, PetArmor® is providing funding for bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K-9s in multiple cities across the country. In Austin, the donation is benefiting the nine K-9 teams in the Patrol Unit, as listed below:
- Officer Shaun Mierl and his K-9 partner "Jake"
- Officer Patrick O'Connor and his K-9 partner "Tex"
- Officer Art Nelsen and his K-9 partner "Jaeger"
- Officer Daniel Eveleth and his K-9 partner "Bear"
- Officer Jimmie Davenport and his K-9 partner "Wiley"
- Officer Randy Casler and his K-9 partner "Sumo"
- Officer DJ Lahr and his K-9 partner "Blitz"
- Officer Derrick Bowman and his K-9 partner "Cash"
- Officer Nathan Wagner and his K-9 partner "Diesel"
"My Patrol K-9 Unit assists patrol officers with apprehensions and searches and evidence. We also assist the SWAT Team and various other units throughout the department," said Austin Police Department Sergeant Chris Gwaldo. "We are thrilled that – thanks to PetArmor® – our entire unit will be more fully protected while on the job."
More often than not, law enforcement agencies do not have the budgets to provide vests for K-9 officers — which cost around $1,000 each — leaving police dogs unprotected while helping to fight crime. Vested Interest in K-9s is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing bullet and stab protective vests to police organizations nationwide. Since 2009, the non-profit organization has provided 437 vests.
"Police K-9 units provide an invaluable service to their community and deserve the same kind of protection as their human counterparts," said Sandy Marcal, founder of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. "Thanks to PetArmor®, many more police dogs will be protected from harm while they protect their neighborhoods and towns."
The K-9 vests are custom sized to provide maximum comfort and mobility. The K-9 vests provide maximum coverage to the vital organs in addition to a rear extension panel to accommodate dogs with longer torsos.
PetArmor's® initial donation benefits dogs in Texas, Florida and Maryland where police departments have requested assistance in vesting their police dogs.
"As a leader in pet protection, PetArmor® is excited to partner with Vested Interest in K-9s and protect the dogs that put their lives on the line to protect us," said Bob Scharf of Perrigo Animal Health. "This partnership is a continuation of PetArmor's® ongoing animal welfare and charity efforts."
About Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs 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 K9 Officers. President Sandy Marcal began working with law enforcement agencies in 2000 to coordinate efforts between various law enforcement agencies, vest sponsorships, fundraising events and the media within Massachusetts. In 2011, efforts were expanded to assist police dogs throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.
As a part of the Perrigo Company, a leading global manufacturer of OTC healthcare products, PetArmor® products help improve the overall health of pets across the United States by providing vet-quality products that are affordable and accessible. PetArmor® flea and tick products contain fipronil, the No.1 veterinarian active ingredient for killing adult fleas and ticks. PetArmor® products offer clinically proven effectiveness at about half the price of comparable brand name treatments and are available at major national retailers. For more information, please visit http://www.petarmor.com/.
From its beginnings as a packager of generic home remedies in 1887, Allegan, Michigan-based Perrigo Company has grown to become a leading global provider of quality, affordable healthcare products. Perrigo develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, animal health, dietary supplements and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). The company is the world's largest manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products for the store brand market. The company's primary markets and locations of logistics operations have evolved over the years to include the United States, Israel, Mexico, the United Kingdom, India, China and Australia. Visit Perrigo on the Internet at www.perrigo.com.
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