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  • tc police dogs signed 081316VILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton’s initiative to keep retired police dogs with their handlers was signed into law Saturday.

    Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 3129, which creates the Police Dog Retirement Act.

    “Our family dog Brenna is a part of our family. These police dogs become a member of the officer’s family,” Cullerton said. “The special connection formed between an officer and their dog should be honored. We should want to 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 was signed into law Saturday.

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

    “As a dog owner myself, I know there is a special bond between an officer and their dog,” Cullerton said. “It’s important that we take the necessary precautions to honor the special relationship between an officer and their police dog.”

    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.

  • TCpolicedogSPRINGFIELD – Working to keep retired police dogs with their handlers, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D–Villa Park) passed 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. “This is common sense legislation. There is a special bond between an officer and police dogs. It’s important that we honor this relationship.”

    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.

  • 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.