EPHRATA – Grant County Sheriff’s Office K9 Chewbacca will soon be better protected thanks to a donation of a bullet and stab protective vest.
The vest was provided through a donation from Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement dogs throughout the country. The donation to provide each protective vest is about $950, according to the sheriff’s office.
The vest is sponsored by Shana Green of Newcastle and is embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always.”
The vest is expected to be delivered in about eight to 10 weeks.
Chewy and his human partner, deputy Nick Overland, began patrols with the sheriff’s office K9 unit in May, joining K9s Grizzly, Chicka and Edo. Chewy is a 3-year-old German Sheppard donated to the K9 unit by a Spokane resident who is also a volunteer with K9 Support Northwest.
Vested Interest in K9s has now provided protective vests to all four sheriff’s office K9s and Moses Lake police K9 Chief.