State representative introduces legislation to allow adoption of retiring police dogs

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SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois State Representative has introduced legislation that would allow police officers to adopt retiring police dogs that they worked with.

State Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) says this proposal will allow police departments to donate the dog to their handler or a primary caregiver, instead of being purchased or auctioned.  Scherer also says the proposal is a way to honor the service of police officers and dogs, and allows the state a cost-effective way to give retiring dogs a loving home.

Lisa Hills of the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners says she supports the idea, and that the legislation provides the organization with "an opportunity to protect the bond formed between an officer and their canine partner."

For more information on this proposal, call (217) 877-9636.

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