NC Senate Considering Bill to Allow Law Enforcement to Adopt Retired Service Animals

The North Carolina Senate is expected to vote on a bill on July 29 that would allow law enforcement in Raleigh and cities and towns in Mecklenburg County the opportunity to adopt the animals they worked with, once those animals have retired from service.

The North Carolina Senate is expected to vote on a bill on July 29 that would allow law enforcement in Raleigh and cities and towns in Mecklenburg County the opportunity to adopt the animals they worked with, once those animals have retired from service.

The American Kennel Club supports House Bill 199, which will ensure the lifelong care of these animals that, along with their handlers, provide invaluable services to Raleigh and Mecklenburg County by allowing city councils to donate the animal to the officer or employee who had custody and control of it during its service.  This allows the handler to continue to ensure the animal’s care and wellbeing, as well as allows for the continued companionship and trust that is built between a handler and dog while serving the community.

AKC encourages North Carolina residents, particularly in Wake and Mecklenburg Counties, to contact their State Senator in support of House Bill 199 prior to the scheduled vote on Wednesday, July 29.  To find the name and contact information for your State Senator, visit AKC’s Legislative Action Center and type your address in the “Find Your Elected Officials box” on the right-hand side of the home page.

For more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or mailto:doglaw@akc.org.