POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 3:59pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:16pm
Smith County, Texas (KETK) — The Smith County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit will receive two bullet proof vests, thanks to a nationwide Groupon event.
The two dogs, Lanny and Endy, will receive their vests in 14 weeks. These vests will protect them from both stabbings and bullets.
Photo of Endy from the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
The "Occasions" campaign for Groupon Grassroots, which was launched to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab proof vests runs through March 5th.
Vested Interest in K9's Inc. is the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate.
The online $10 donation was a recommendation for interested persons to purchase a Groupon through the secure website, where all funds were allocated to purchase bullet proof vests for law enforcement K9s.
In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The non-profit raised $155,537.33 in one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.