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Tom Cullerton works to keep retired police dogs with officers

TCpolicedogSPRINGFIELD – Working to keep retired police dogs with their handlers, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D–Villa Park) will introduce Senate Bill 3129, which creates the Police Dog Retirement Act.

“As a dog owner myself, I recognize there is a special connection formed between an officer and their dog,” Cullerton said. “It’s important that we honor this relationship and give retiring police dogs a loving home.”

Senate Bill 3129 requires a retiring police dog to be offered to the primary handler of the dog. If the officer doesn’t wish to keep the dog it can be offered to another officer or employee, a nonprofit organization or a no-kill animal shelter.

“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to protect the special bond formed between an officer and their police dog,” said Michele Kasten of the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners.

Cullerton believes this is not only a way to honor the service of Illinois police officers but also a cost-effective way to give police canines a safe and responsible home.

Senate Bill 3129 passed the Senate’s Committee on State Government and Veterans Affairs with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

 

PHOTO: State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), Illinois State Capitol Police investigator Steven Speeks and his police dog, Quinn, pose for a quick picture after presenting Senate Bill 3129, which creates the Police Dog Retirement Act. The legislation would require retiring police dogs to be offered to their primary handlers before pursuing other means of adoption.

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