Stark County Sheriff’s Office K9 Mullins has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., according to a news release.

K9 Mullins’ vest is sponsored by the Protecting K9 Heroes Fundraiser hosted by Staci Goveia of Lynwood, IL and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Jethro, Canton, OH - EOW 1/10/2016.

K9 Mullins and her handler, Deputy Jordan Penrod, add another level of security to the Stark County Jail. They also assist the Patrol Division when needed, according to the release. K9 Mullins and Penrod are certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission in the areas of drug detection, tracking, and article searches.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has a mission to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000-law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.