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On Thursday, June 2, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on multiple bills, including amended H.7021, which would allow emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty.  The bill was voted favorably by the Rhode Island House of Representatives on May 3, and includes the development of policies and procedures for the humane transportation of these special canines with training of personnel in basic-level first aid.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) values the contribution these working and detection dogs make, and the important role they play, in protecting the peace and security of individuals and communities.; and supports H.7021.

AKC is grateful to the Rhode Island residents who contacted their state representative in support of H.7021.  Rhode Island residents are now encouraged to email their state senator requesting support for H.7021 as amended.

1. Find your senator and their contact information by filling out the form at this website.

2. Send an email indicating your name and town, noting the important work police K9s perform and asking for support of H.7021 in your message.

AKC Government Relations will continue to monitor H.7021 for progress.  For more information on this or other legislative issues in Rhode Island, contact AKC Government Relations at 919-816-3720 or