Shelton Police K9 Stryker to get body armor

Shelton Police Department’s K9 Stryker will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Stryker’s vest is sponsored by Margaret Miles of Shelton and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In loving memory of Therapy Dog Sandy”. According to Police it should be delivered within eight to 10 weeks.

K-9 Officer Daniel Loris and K-9 Stryker graduated the Connecticut State Police K-9 Academy in May of 2015. K-9 Stryker is a 2 ½ year-old German Shepherd. The team was recognized as the Daniel Wasson Award recipient upon graduation.

Officer Loris and K-9 Stryker have assisted in numerous investigations in Shelton as well as assisted other local law enforcement agencies.

The Shelton Police Department K-9 Unit extends their gratitude to the Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. and Miles for their assistance in providing K-9 Stryker with his bullet proof vest.

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. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824- 6978.