State Politics

Police dogs could retire to their handlers

The state House on Monday night approved a bill allowing police dogs and horses to retire to their law enforcement handlers in some communities.

House Bill 1009 says animals that are no longer fit for service can be sold to officers or other public employees who regularly controlled them, the family of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, or organizations that assist animals that have been retired from public service.

In Wake County, the bill applies to Apex, Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Zebulon; and in the counties of Guilford, Moore, Randolph and Surry and the cities in them.

The bill next goes to the Senate.