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Poor boy. Hope he find a forever home.
 

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Something does not seem right to me with this story.
I truly hope that any police dept. would treat their dogs with much more dignity than this. I also think that they would have top veterinary care, as to know whether the dog is dying or not.
 

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I worry this happens more often than anyone knows. Some departments do NOT care for their dogs well -- and they sell them at the end to "recoup costs." They may be the minority, but they're an ugly minority.

New Orleans GSR pulled a geriatric retired police K9 from the local kill shelter a few months ago -- he had been sold a couple of times post-retirement, and the last owner didn't feel like fooling with the cost of his arthritis. The NOPD did nothing to protect this dog, even when notified that one of "theirs" was in a kill-shelter--shameful. NOGSR got the dog out. Last I heard, they found a retired K9 officer who adopted--a perfect home, with someone who appreciates the dog's service. These otherwise aren't easy dogs for rescues to place, given the training they've had.
 

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I can understand that these animals would be difficult to place. Not for the average Joe, that's for sure. But I would think that there would be some kind of retirement plan in place.
Maybe its time for me to take off my rose colored glasses.
 

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Recoup costs? For everything these dogs do, all lives they save, they don't deserve to live out their years in peace and not go from one kill shelter to another?
I'm shocked. I thought police dogs were much better taken care of and there was a plan in place that excluded any possibility of a shelter or a rescue.
 

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Some departments do care for them well. Not all do. It's shameful that they can be discarded like a piece of worn-out equipment.
 

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Some departments do care for them well. Not all do. It's shameful that they can be discarded like a piece of worn-out equipment.
Yes, I saw that this is only some depts. That's good to know but still. I thought there was a country wide law or whatever that specifies what happens to the dogs. I can't believe a k9 can even wind up at a shelter. I thought at the very least those dogs were protected from ending up with pet owners because of their training. And of courwe, just morally. They earned the right to a comfortable retirement
 

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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.
 

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Something does not seem right to me with this story.
I truly hope that any police dept. would treat their dogs with much more dignity than this. I also think that they would have top veterinary care, as to know whether the dog is dying or not.
I've rescued more former police K9s than I care to count. They most certainly do not all end up living happily ever after with their handlers. Especially when handler gets a new dog. Two K9 s are not likely to be able to occupy the same space.

Every department is different in how they handle retired or washed out K9 s. But they don't like to spend money on what they consider a non deployable former asset.
 

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Yes, I saw that this is only some depts. That's good to know but still. I thought there was a country wide law or whatever that specifies what happens to the dogs. I can't believe a k9 can even wind up at a shelter. I thought at the very least those dogs were protected from ending up with pet owners because of their training. And of courwe, just morally. They earned the right to a comfortable retirement
A lot of drug dogs could be placed in pet homes--Labs have become the breed of choice for this work anyway.

Dual purpose & patrol dogs need experienced handlers. They could be found relatively easily at the nearest ScH/IPO club. You'll find more Mals than GSDs in a lot of departments now.

I used to run a rescue specifically for K9s. I've seen some real heartlessness.

It's all about the money.
 

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A lot of drug dogs could be placed in pet homes--Labs have become the breed of choice for this work anyway.

Dual purpose & patrol dogs need experienced handlers. They could be found relatively easily at the nearest ScH/IPO club. You'll find more Mals than GSDs in a lot of departments now.

I used to run a rescue specifically for K9s. I've seen some real heartlessness.

It's all about the money.
I can't believe it. I'm sure you're telling the truth I just can't believe that our pds who try to project this image about them would do this to their dogs.

If they can't place them, how much does it cost to run a state wide or country wide sanctuary? No matter how much it costs, making these dogs work all their lives and then throw them away is wrong.
 

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I adopted a really nice Czech dual pupose K9 from our local shelter several years ago. The shelter board members didn't know what to do with him, so they called me.

I ended up keeping him. Nice dog, ball crazy. Easy to handle. Seemed to me more like a dope dog than dual pupose.

The story went that he got older, they retired him to live with his handler who gave him away to an older lady who dumped him at the shelter in poor condition.

Of course, handler got a new K9 & had no use or room for his old partner.

He was about 9 when I got him & needed some vet care & good food, but he was a handsome boy.

Some of the local businesses people, like the towing company people remembered him well from his working days.

I used to take him to the SchH field with me to do some obed & throw the ball. That really made him happy.
 

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A lot of drug dogs could be placed in pet homes--Labs have become the breed of choice for this work anyway.

Dual purpose & patrol dogs need experienced handlers. They could be found relatively easily at the nearest ScH/IPO club. You'll find more Mals than GSDs in a lot of departments now.

I used to run a rescue specifically for K9s. I've seen some real heartlessness.

It's all about the money.
Isn't it always with government?
 
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