YORK – York Animal Hospital is the proud full sponsor of a protective vest for one of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 officers.
The bullet and stab-proof vest comes from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. due to a generous $1,050 sponsorship from York Animal Hospital’s annual holiday fundraiser.
“Normally the vest would have gone to the next dog in queue anywhere in the country,” said Kaye Morgan, DVM at York Animal Hospital. “This is our first time doing a vest like this and we wanted it to go to a local police dog if at all possible. Vested Interest was very accommodating, and we actually raised $500 more than the cost of this vest, which went to Vested Interest towards another vest for the next police dog out there.”
This means that all but one of Livingston County’s currently working K9 officers have protective vests.
“For our other K9’s we had to apply to Vested Interest and wait our turn for someone to sponsor a vest,” said Chief Deputy Jason Yasso, who supervises the Sheriff’s Office’s K9 units. “We really appreciate what York Animal Hospital did for us here. It keeps Hondo safer and at no cost to the Sheriff’s Office.”
For Hondo and his partner and owner, Deputy Mike Wade, the vest means that both will be safer on the roads since they watch each other’s backs.
“I love Hondo because he’s a high-drive, hard working dog that is great with people and especially kids,” said Wade. “I know that he’s going to do his job well and protect me no matter what.”