Health Editor’s Note: I cannot understand why a wonderfully trained dog would every had to be euthanized or sold when it reaches retirement age. It seems that the handler/partner would/should be allowed to continue the partnership with his or her canine partner after the canine is relieved of duties. These animals are obedience trained as well as trained for his or her job type be it drug sniffing, etc. They are perfect canine citizens. One of us should be so lucky to have one of these fine creatures in our home. I can only hope that Texas was the only state which followed the bizarre practice of killing awesome dogs that had performed a great service. Apparently this issue went to a vote of the citizens of Texas to remove this travesty. Gosh, sometimes you learn some really creepy stuff…..Carol
Texas’ Retired Police Dogs No Longer Have to Be Sold or Euthanized
by Jason Daley/Smithsonian.com
This Election Day, voters in Texas banded together to pass a constitutional amendment on a decidedly bipartisan issue: dogs. The new ruling allows retired police dogs to be adopted by their handler or another qualified caretaker at no cost. Previously, Texas’ K-9 cops had to be euthanized or auctioned off upon reaching retirement.
As Chase Karacostas reports for the Texas Tribune, state law classifies retired law enforcement animals as surplus government property not to be used for private benefit. The amendment offers a workaround to this stipulation, enabling police pups to stay with their human partners indefinitely.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, chair of the local sheriffs’ association’s legislative committee, tells the Washington Post’s Karin Brulliard. “There’s been a lot of great dogs with great handlers, and the right thing should have been done by them. But it’s better late than never.”
Skinner, who assumed leadership of the local sheriff’s office in 2017, served as a K-9 handler in the Air Force nearly 40 years ago. He extended his tour of duty in the Philippines multiple times in order to spend more time with his furry partner, Jessie. According to Karacostas, Skinner knew that Jessie, a military service dog classified as government property, would likely be euthanized upon retiring.