K9 Riddick is a three-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd certified in Patrol, Tracking/Trailing, and Narcotics. He is assigned to Patrol Deputy Amy Leishman of the Uintah, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Riddick has had a successful apprehension bite with a barricaded suspect while working on a special task force with the U.S. Marshalls. He has contributed to many arrests while at the agency. K9 Riddick and Deputy Leishman have been asked to be part of a TV production being filmed in Los Angeles. It will be seen on the A&E Network in the winter of 2019.
Here’s how this equipment grant would help K9 Riddick and Patrol Deputy Leishman on the job:
A multi-threat vest protects against standard-issue caliber rounds for common guns and offers additional protection for stabbing weapons, like prison shanks or other blunt force puncture objects. The vest is inserted into a carrier made of a rip-stop material that helps to deflect punctures as well. This vest provides the same level of protection that the human counterparts of these K9s are required to wear for their job.
The Ranger K9 Trauma Kit provides sterile, veterinary grade, K9-specific supplies to assist an officer in providing aid to their K9 in the event of an on-the-job incident or injury. This kit includes a canine oxygen mask, along with other first aid items, a quick reference sheet for K9 vitals and dosing, and comes in a heavy-duty, canvas bag that is embroidered with emblems ensuring that it is easily identifiable for K9 use.
NOTE: The funds collected as part of this fundraiser will be allocated to the agency’s Equipment Grant Application with Hero K9 for their K9. Should the application status change and/or if donations received are in excess of the goal amount, donations will be directed to the organization’s general fund to provide additional equipment grants and cover operational costs and/or other business-related expenses.