FORT MYERS, Fla. A Fort Myers-based company is creating bulletproof vests for dogs in police K-9 units across the country and giving them out for free.
The company, Survival Armor, is working with a Massachusetts nonprofit called Vested Interest In K9s to offer nearly 200 bulletproof vests this summer. Several will end up with agencies in Southwest Florida.
The vests are worth between $1,700 and $2,200, according to Cathy Lowe, Survival Armor executive vice president. The life of a police dog is worth even more, Survival Armor President Kurt Osborne said.
“Along with being a partner to a police officer, they are also a capital investment, so it’s very important to protect them,” Osborne said.
Law enforcement agencies can click here to apply to receive a vest.