9-Year-Old Uses Birthday Money To Fund K-9 Vest

Bill Aninowsky, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Will Aninowsky, S/O Ralph Irizzary and K-9 Fuze in its new bullet proof vest. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

FREEHOLD – K-9 Fuze of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is just a little bit safer these days, thanks to some help from nine-year-old Will Aninowsky.

The Little Silver resident recently volunteered his birthday money to purchase a new bullet proof vest for the police dog, which Sheriff Shaun Golden gratefully accepted.

“Will’s birthday wish will enhance the safety of our K-9s and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful for his generosity and dedication,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “Members of our K-9 Unit are called upon year-round to assist local police departments with narcotics detection, explosive detection and criminal or missing person searches and it’s crucial they are protected while maintaining public safety.”

Will Aninowsky of Little Silver donated his birthday money to help buy a bullet proof vest for Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fuze. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

Will came up with the idea after the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit treated Will’s Cub Scout Pack 3 in Little Silver to two K-9 demonstrations, and he learned firsthand how the dogs protect the public. He decided to do something special as a way of saying thanks.

“After I got to meet the police dogs through Cub Scouts, I thought it would be important for the dogs to have bullet proof vests,” said Will. “Then I thought I could use my birthday money to buy the dog a vest. It makes me happy to keep a dog safe.”

Will Aninowsky poses with friends who gave him birthday money to help purchase a new bullet proof vest for K-9 Fuze. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

K-9 vests cost on average $850 to $1,000. Will set up a GoFundMe page to raise a portion of the money, and the rest was raised through his birthday money.

Once the K-9 vest was purchased, Will, his father Bill Aninowsky and some of his friends who donated to the cause at his birthday party presented the vest to Sheriff Golden, S/O Ralph Irizzary and his partner Fuze, who is trained in explosive detection.

“I’m proud of my son for taking on such a worthy cause. These K-9s are an incredible resource in maintaining safety throughout Monmouth County and it’s also a great way to show our appreciation to law enforcement,” said Bill Aninowsky.

K-9 Fuze definitely has some company. The Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit is made up of seven handlers and eight K-9s, including two explosive/patrol teams, three narcotics/patrol teams, one explosive team, one tracking team and one narcotics team. Last year, the K-9 Unit responded to 144 explosive detection calls, 392 tracking calls and 318 narcotics calls. It conducted over 150 K-9 demonstrations, such as the one performed for Will’s Cub Scout Pack.

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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.