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BLITZ And IVEY- Vests for MHPD K-9 Officers

Organized by: Landon Weyenberg

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THE STORY:

How did this project start? It started as a school assignment

“Select a Community Service Project”

As a rising 6th grader at Hickory Grove Christian School, in Charlotte, N.C., Landon Weyenberg had an assignment of selecting a community service project (of each student’s personal choosing) as part of their 5th grade Language Arts curriculum. The goal was to help those in need within their community. The task would require research, as well as reaching out to a local business, in order to generate support for the chosen cause. After a lot of research, and confirmation of the “need,” Landon’s final decision was made easier by choosing a cause that was naturally close to his heart...DOGS.  He decided that raising money to supply bullet proof vest for (2) newly acquired K-9 dogs (Blitz and Ivey) with the Mint Hill Police Department, would be a great way to invest his time and efforts.  As pet owners of two angelic dogs, (Kendal, a Doberman and Ryder, a Sheltie) Landon decided to write his letter to our veterinarian, Dr. David Gallagher with Clear Creek Animal Hospital, to ask for his support. Shortly after the letter was sent, we received a call from Dr. Gallagher’s office, letting us know that he was indeed, interested in helping Landon raise the necessary funds for the K-9 protective vests. 

What we learned from our research

In today’s society, police dogs (K-9 officers) provide a unique, but necessary job in law enforcement. A K9 officer will often face the same, if not greater risk than a human officer because of being sent prior to their human counterparts in order to apprehend suspects or to investigate a dangerous situation. *In the past 10 years, bullet, stab or blunt trauma injuries caused 60% of police dog deaths. Whether it’s a search and rescue, or tracking and apprehending criminals; to sniffing out dangerous drugs and explosives, these furry officers work hard to faithfully protect the communities that they serve. As we considered that most human police officers have bulletproof vests as part of their uniform, we wondered why this doesn’t include all of our law enforcement officers. Considering that there are far less K-9 officers on duty in our communities than there are human officers, shouldn’t providing the necessary equipment for their protection hold the same importance?

The Red Tape Reality…..

There are on-going expense requirements associated with having K-9 units, and many government agencies around the country have very limited budgets for these needs. The K-9s themselves can cost anywhere from $14,000 to $20,000. Then, there are the continual costs of food expenses, vet bills, on-going training and equipment needs which are added to the department’s annual budget. Considering that (1) K-9 One™ bulletproof and stab proof vest cost over $875, this can be an out of reach expense for these agencies, leaving many K-9 dogs to work without the necessary protection of a vest. :-(

Best-case Scenario…..

By helping to supply protective vests for K-9 officers, Blitz and Ivey, we can provide the additional protection they need…from the same criminals that they’re protecting us from.  

While wearing a vest is not a 100% guarantee of survival, it does have a higher potential of stopping a bullet or a knife, simply by wearing it, thus providing a greater chance of survival for our K-9 officers. Please help us, achieve this goal, and donate what you can. Thanks for your support!!

*Facts information taken from nationalpolicedogfoundation.org.

$1,800

 

101% Raised of $1,780 Goal

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  • Landon Weyenberg

    $50

  • Mike Olesnevich

    $75

  • Dynamic Defense

    $100

  • Oma & Opa Weyenberg

    $50

  • Aunt Jeanne & Uncle Troy

    $100

  • R. Hays

    $100

  • Wallace Family

    $25

  • Aunt Mimi and Uncle Ronnie

    $100

  • Dyna-Tech Manufacturing, Inc

    $100

  • Coonen Family

    $20

  • Leah Taylor

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $1,020

  • Jeremy Shimberg

    $20

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Organized by

Landon Weyenberg

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The Team: $1,800 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Landon Weyenberg

Amount Raised

$1,760

 

99% Raised of $1,780 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leah Taylor

Amount Raised

$40

Donor Comments

Jeremy Shimberg

Jeremy Shimberg

DONATION: $20

Landon, thank you for completing this project. Blitz and Ivey are that much safer. Here is the money raised thus far from the gofundme. Keep up the good work, there are plenty lf other K9s in need. 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $1,020

4 years ago

Leah Taylor

Leah Taylor

DONATION: $40

As a Law Enforcement Officer myself I do agree with the fact that these dogs deserve the best treatment they can get. All K-9'S are held to a very high standard whether they are with a Sheriff's Office, Police Department or any agency at that. I am very proud to say that I am related to this fine young man Landon Weyenburg and I think that it is wonderful that you have chosen such a great cause to be a part of. From one pet lover to another. 4 years ago

Coonen Family

Coonen Family

DONATION: $20

Keep up the good work, Landon. You'll go far!! 4 years ago

Dyna-Tech Manufacturing, Inc

Dyna-Tech Manufacturing, Inc

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Aunt Mimi and Uncle Ronnie

Aunt Mimi and Uncle Ronnie

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Wallace Family

Wallace Family

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

R. Hays

R. Hays

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Aunt Jeanne & Uncle Troy

Aunt Jeanne & Uncle Troy

DONATION: $100

Because we love Landon and our dogs! What a great way to show love and support. We are very proud of you, Landon. 4 years ago

Oma & Opa Weyenberg

Oma & Opa Weyenberg

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

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