Jorga, a 2-year-0ld Dutch Shepherd with the I&I International K-9 Search and Rescue Team, and Carolina Beach Police Department K-9s Ammo and Nox will soon be outfitted with ballistics vests thanks to a national campaign that raised more than $335,000.
The K-9s are recipients of the vests via the national “Occasions” campaign, which is a grassroots effort by Groupon to outfit police K-9s with bullet- and stab-protective vests.
Groupon selected the nonprofit Vested Interest in K-9s as the recipient of the campaign. The Massachusetts-based organization will provide more than 350 police K-9s with vests in memory of Rocco, a Pittsburgh Police Department K-9 who was killed in the line of duty last year, according to a news release from the organization.
Vested Interest in K-9s has provided more than 1,400 K-9s with protective vests since 2009.
Jorga is certified in live searches, building searches, evidence and article searches, area searches and human remains detection.
“She is able to locate a single drop of blood on a hidden gauze pad, smell teeth buried 6 feet under the ground, can locate submerged remains and is able to locate evidence as small as the casing of a 22-caliber bullet,” according to a news release from the nonprofit search and rescue organization.
Jorga’s handler, Randy Searls, calls her “one of a kind.”
“K-9 Jorga can go from starting a live search to finding evidence along that search should it be needed, to changing to a recovering if we find that’s the case,” Searls said.
Both Ammo and Knox specialize in narcotics detection and tracking for the Carolina Beach Police Department.
Ammo, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, has been with the department since 2014 and “loves to train with his fellow officers on a daily basis,” according to his police department bio. When he’s not working, Ammo spends time with his handler’s 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, with whom “he loves to roll around on the floor and play.”
He’s also fond of his Kong toy.
“K-9 Ammo doesn’t like dealers or suspects who have intentions of causing harm to Carolina Beach citizens or fellow Carolina Beach Police Department officers,” his bio states.
Nox is also a 2-year-old German Shepherd assigned to a Carolina Beach sergeant who has been a K-9 handler since 2008. Knox began his training in October 2014.
“Nox enjoys playing ball in his backyard and lying around enjoying the outdoors,” his bio states. “Nox has a dislike for suspects who are intent on causing harm to his handler, fellow officers or anyone who tries to escape the police.”
Vested Interest for K-9s also recently announced its “Hog Wild for K-9s” T-shirt fundraiser. T-shirts can be purchased online at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from the shirt sales will provide additional ballistics vests for active police dogs.