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Four-Legged Officer to Receive Bullet and Stab Protective Vest K-9

Keene, N.H. --The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is pleased to  announce thatK9 Ruby and  Conservation Officer Handler William Boudreau, of the NH Fish and Game  Department Law Enforcement Division, will be receiving a bullet and stab  protective vest. This is  possible because of the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts based non-profit organization and Maine resident Madeleine Hamersley.

Mrs. Hamersley, 83, of Sorrento, ME,  a former New York Police Officer and lifelong animal lover, read an article in  a local newspaper about a police dog in her area that was to be outfitted with  a bullet and stab protective vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. She  contacted the organization's founder, Sandy Marcal, to pledge a donation for a  K9 vest to a dog within her area. Mrs. Hamersley enjoyed a meet and greet with  Trooper Christopher Smith and his K9 partner, Winger, from Maine State  Police, just two days after the donation of the vest was made.  The vest  was donated in memory of her father "Ralph Hellum".  She was so  impressed with K9 Winger that she contacted Marcal to seek out additional dogs in  need of vests, as a result Mrs. Hamersley has selected 7 additional K9's as  vest recipients nationwide in memory of beloved family members. The vest  recipients are K9 Foster of the Maine State Police, K9 Ruby of the New  Hampshire Fish and Game Department, K9 Vader of Colonie New York Police  Department, K9's Vegas, Colt and Nero from the North Huntingdon Township Police  Department in Pennsylvania and K9 Rek of the  Laurel Police Department in Maryland.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a  501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission  is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs  throughout the United States. Each vest is valued at $950.00. The  nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this  potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through  private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., has provided  over 437 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in  August of 2009. Over $415,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 37 states  including Alaska and Hawaii.

The organization orders the Armor  Express vests made in Central Lakes, MI exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA  who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates, as well as K9's  with expired vests, are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.

- For more information visit or call 508-824-6978.   - Donations by mail to Vested  Interest in K9s P.O. Box 9 East   Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website. - If you would like to learn more  or help support the Fish and Game Department Conservation Canines through the  Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire please visit our website at Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

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