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Hawai‘i K9 Unit to receive bulletproof vests

April 25, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Hawai'i Department of Public Safety's Sheriff K9 Unit will receive five bulletproof vests thanks to a nationwide animal-related Groupon event than ran March 13 through 20.

Vested Interest in K9's Inc. was the nonprofit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. People could give a $10 donation to Vested Interest in K9's Inc. through Groupon. All funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their deputy partners.

"Our K9s are sent alone into dark buildings and other dangerous situations, and all they have for protection is a collar," said Deputy Sheriff Frank Lacadin. "We realized there is a critical need to improve safety for our K9 partners."

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The Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety’s Sheriff K9 Unit will receive five bulletproof vests thanks to a recent nationwide animal-related Groupon event.

The nonprofit met their goal of raising $95,000 to provide 100 K9s with ballistic vests in just three days. At the close of the campaign on March 20, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. had raised $155,375. That money will provide 163 K9s with vests in 30 states. Hawai'i sheriffs will be awarded the five vests they requested.

Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.

New K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to be added to the organization's waiting list. The organization accepts donations through



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