Tipton County K9 Vest Project

A K9 officer faces the same, if not greater, risk than human officers as they are often sent in ahead of their human counterparts to apprehend suspects or investigate dangerous situations. K9 vests are bulletproof, stabproof and minimize blunt trauma injuries. In the past 10 years, bullet, stab or blunt trauma injuries caused 60% of police dog deaths. However, most City and County budgets, including Tipton County, simply do not have the extra funds needed to provide this life-saving equipment to their K9 Officers.

Tipton County Paws & Claws wants to change this, with the help and support of our wonderful community! The County has a total of seven K9 officers and the only one who currently has a protective vest is Justice, who serves the Atoka area. The Brighton and Mason areas do not currently have K9 officers.

We have met with all of the K9 Officers and their human counterparts and they are so excited and grateful that we are kicking off this fundraising project! The officers that will benefit from the Tipton County K9 Vest Project are:

Tipton County Officer Williams & K9 Officer Ero
Tipton County Officer Arender & K9 Officer Jake
Tipton County Officer Payne & K9 Officer Kira
Tipton County Officer Wicker & K9 Officer Barry
Covington Officer Gann & K9 Officer Bella
Munford Officer Hugues & K9 Officer Kilo

The vests cost approximately $1,000 each and we have already been in touch with several manufacturers as we work to get the best price we can for quality vests.

This is our chance to come together as a community and help those that dedicate their lives to our safety, in the steadfast, unselfish way of canines. Let's make Tipton County a shining example to other communities with our support of our K9 Officers and their handlers!!

Please visit our campaign to contribute!  Thank you!

By Jill Thorsen


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