Something need to be done to stop this practice. I remember back in the Vietnam era, when the dogs were considered "equipment", and left behind, much to the dismay of many handlers. With years of public outcry, things have changed. Military dogs would also be more difficult to place.
Maybe we all should start with our own local departments, and see what there retirement plan is. If its not up to snuff, time to let the public know. Public opinion holds a lot of weight, especially if includes elections of the higher ups.
Gone to the Dogs, Pat