Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and Perrigo Animal Health Provide Ultimate Protection for Butler County Sheriff's Office, MO K-9
OMAHA, Neb. – PetArmor®, a flea and tick brand of Perrigo Animal Health, helped to protect a Butler County Sheriff's Office, MO K-9 by donating a bullet- and stab-protective vest.
In most cases, law enforcement agencies do not have the budget to purchase K-9 protective vests because they cost $1,050.00 each. As a result, police dogs are left unprotected while fighting crime.
In partnership with Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit organization that provides bullet- and stab-protective vests to police departments nationwide, since 2013, Perrigo Animal Health has donated more than 75 police dog vests to date.
For the Butler County Sheriff's Office, the donation is benefiting one team, as listed below:
• Deputy Skinner and K9 Bojar
For more information about Perrigo Animal Health's partnership with Vested Interest in K9s, visit petarmor.com/vested-interest.
About Perrigo Animal Health
Perrigo Animal Health is a division of Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE), a leading global manufacturer of over-the-counter healthcare products. Comprised of Sergeant's, SENTRY® and PetArmor® brands, Perrigo Animal Health brings quality, affordable flea and tick treatments, health and well-being solutions, and consumables for dogs and cats to grocery, mass, dollar, drug, club and pet specialty retailers. For more information, visit perrigoanimalhealth.com.
About Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab- protective vests and other assistance to dogs of Law Enforcement and related agencies throughout the country.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 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 U.S. Over 2400 law enforcement dogs in all 50 states have received lifesaving body armor from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Learn more at www.vik9s.org.
Our K9 Officer/Corporal is James (Bo) Skinner. Officer Skinner was hired by the Butler County Sheriff's Department in September 2008 as a Road Officer. In January of 2015 he was promoted to K9 Officer. In Spring of 2015 the department purchased Bojar from Riverview Canine. Riverview canine had purchased Bojar from Elite K9. Bojar was born in Czechoslovakia in 2014. He is a black and tan German Shephard. Officer Skinner and Bojar completed their training with Riverview canine in May 2015. The training is directed by Mike Ervin and Jeff Bourben. Officer Skinner and Bojar continue with their training twice a month. Bojar is certified annually for narcotics detection through Missouri Police Canine Association. He is trained for narcotics detection, apprehension, and officer protection. Bojar is currently being sponsored by Orschelin's and Pet's Way for dog food, Hillcrest Animal Hospital for vet care, and Doggie Designs for bathing. Thanks to the many businesses and private individuals who have helped to keep the K9 program going.