Many people have their qualms about animals working in the police force, and there are definitely arguments for both sides. However, taking the situation at face value, where we do have animals (mainly dogs) serving in the police force, it’s nice to hear that some measures are being taken to look out for their well-being.
The town of Nottinghamshire in the UK has announced that service dogs will receive 500 pounds (approximately $800) per year to cover veterinary costs once they retire. The plan totals 39,000 pounds (approximately $62,500) and the Daily Mail reports some controversy over the decision.
Police Commissioner Paddy Tipping stated in response to the controversy, “We look after the people who work for us who have been police officers and staff – they get a decent retirement and I think it’s important the same is done for the dogs.”
Many of the dogs are adopted by their policemen counterparts after they retire, and the plan aims to not only help out the dog’s health, but to aid the adopters in covering veterinary expenses. Since more and more people (and science!) are accepting the idea that dogs have feelings, it’s only natural that we give them support for a job well done.
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