Most of us have used Groupon for something, whether it was to save $10 on eyebrow threading or get a two-for-one deal on taquitos. But thanks to one special Groupon deal, 10 K-9 officers in Indiana now will be a little safer when they’re doing their jobs.
Earlier this year, the daily deals site partnered with Vested Interests in K9s, Inc., a national nonprofit organization, to offer a $10 Groupon that would be used to purchase bullet- and stab-resistant vests for canine officers, News Channel 15 reports.
In the two weeks that the deal was offered, the organization raised more than $39,000 to buy the vests, $10,500 of which was earmarked for the Fort Wayne Police Department. That donation was enough to purchase 10 vests, at a cost of $1,050 each. According to News Channel 15, that means every K-9 officer on the Fort Wayne police force will have his or her own piece of protective equipment.
All of the vests that were purchased through that campaign were embroidered “In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department.” Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd, died after a stabbing on August 24, 2014. According to Groupon, 20 American K-9 officers were killed in the line of duty last year.
In total, the campaign raised $335,000 and provided ballistic vests for 370 law enforcement dogs in 49 states. Let’s hope those donations — and the vests that were purchased — will help make the number of K-9s killed in the line of duty a little smaller, going forward.