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Bill Would Make It Easier For Retired Police Officers To Keep Their Canine Partners

Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile
Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile

There’s a bill in the legislature that would change the way police dogs are treated when their human partners retire from duty.

Democratic Senator Lou Gentile says he’s proposing a bill that would no longer require police agencies to sell working police dogs at auctions like other property when their human officers retire.

“There’s a strong bond, a special bond, between these dogs, these canines and these officers, one that shouldn’t be broken and our legislation attempts to fix that.”

Gentile’s bill would allow the retiring officer to buy the dog at fair market value. The problem came to light recently in Marietta when a retiring officer discovered he could not purchase his police dog outright. In the end, the officer was able to buy his dog for one dollar but Gentile hopes this legislation will keep the controversy from happening again.

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