Give Police Dogs the Rights They Deserve

Target: United States Congress

Goal: Take action in order to ensure that police dogs will obtain the rights to veterinary care and a peaceful retirement

Police dogs risk their lives on a daily basis in order to protect the public. These dogs are not “equipment,” but actual members of the police force; they serve alongside police officers in the line of duty. Despite their hard work and dedication to protecting and ensuring the safety of the public, they are still being denied their rights.

Currently, police dogs are classified as “equipment.” This means that police dogs are only useful while they are still able to work. The policy regarding these loyal dogs is to replace rather than to repair. If a dog becomes injured on the job or has become too old to efficiently continue their work, they are replaced instead of being properly treated or cared for.

A dog may be formally adopted by their handler, but not all police dogs are this fortunate. Sadly, the police dogs that are not adopted are often euthanized. A dog that has been trained to attack is seen as a liability; they are ultimately being condemned for training that was required to perform their duties. After years of loyal service, police dogs are carelessly thrown away regardless of how faithfully they have served the public.

The National K-9 Working Dog Organization has acknowledged this problem and has drafted the Police K-9 Bill of Rights. This bill ensures that police dogs will finally be recognized for their service and dedication. If passed, the bill will be funded by two percent of the money confiscated in searches and seizures. It will provide health care for the police dogs who need it and it will allow older dogs to enjoy retirement instead of euthanasia.

Police dogs deserve to be cared for and loved regardless of how “useful” they are. These dogs are not asking for much. They deserve to be protected after years of dutifully protecting and serving the public. Say thank you to police dogs for all of their hard work and effort. Sign the petition below to urge Congress to pass the Police K-9 Bill of Rights.


Dear Congress of the United States,

Police dogs are not equipment and should no longer be treated as such. These dogs risk their lives daily in order to protect the public but their rights are still being denied. These dogs deserve to be cared for when they are injured and they deserve to find relaxation in their old age instead of a death sentence.

I am urging you to treat these animals as members of the police force and not as equipment. Please take the action to ensure that these dogs are able to receive the rights they deserve.

By passing the Police K-9 Bill of Rights, you are acknowledging the hard work of these police dogs. You will be able to give them the rights they have been previously denied. If passed, this bill will allow police dogs to be properly cared for despite their injuries or old age. After years of service, these dogs deserve to be treated with compassion and care.


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  1. These faithful, sentient living beings who have protected and served us with so much devotion deserve every retirement benefit. What would we do without them? Many have helped us solve so many heinous crimes.

  2. steve shaddox says:

    As a K-9 Deputy I know first hand what these awesome creatures do to protect their handler and the public day in and day out without the least bit of hesitation. I treat my dog as a partner and not a piece of equipment as we were taught during canine school. Please help our partners get the legal protection and retirement benefits they deserve. Deputy Steve Shaddox & K-9 Mack

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