NORFOLK, Va., April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 11th, K-9 Krijger of the Norfolk Police Department was shot and killed when a domestic dispute escalated into an armed standoff with police. Krijger is not alone - for several years, police dog fatalities have increased sharply, including 11 deaths this year alone.
Spike's K9 Fund was created to combat this exact problem. Launched by James Hatch, a retired SEAL and K-9 handler, Spike's K9 Fund provides additional protective equipment and training to keep these incredible dogs safe.
Thanks to contributions from our supporters, including CNN's Anderson Cooper, who generously donated a recent speaking fee after hearing of Krijger's death, our organization was able to purchase new ballistic vests to help over 40 local police dogs.
Now, we are excited to announce the arrival of these custom fitted vests and we invite the public to join us as we distribute them on Friday, April 22nd.
The event will be held from 10:30am-6:00pm at the veteran-owned Bold Mariner Brewery and representatives from the Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, and Chesapeake Police Departments will be in attendance.
Please come and show your support, meet your local law enforcement and K-9's, and help us keep these incredible dogs safe as they continue to do important, lifesaving work.
Contact: James Hatch
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