The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department have been awarded ballistic vests for two K-9 officers, thanks to the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
On Saturday, June 14, Haywood County Deputy Randy Jenkins will be presented with a ballistic vest for his K9 partner, Lenny, and Waynesville Police Officer Zachary Faulkenberry will be presented with one for his K9 partner, Valor. The vests will be awarded during the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association All-Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association donated $1,900 to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. to enable the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department K-9s to receive the vests. WCDFA raised the money at their annual “Bark in the Park” event. John Havrilla, a North Carolina artist, donated a painting to the winner of the raffle held to raise money for this cause.
North Carolina has lost several service dogs in the line of duty over the past year. Events like this allow law enforcement agencies to protect K9s who are on the front lines with their handlers.