With the proposal saying dogs are an “integral part of many law enforcement efforts statewide,” a Republican lawmaker wants to create a program to pay for the veterinary care of retired police dogs.
Rep. Sam Killebrew, R-Winter Haven, filed the proposal (HB 25) on Wednesday for consideration during the 2022 legislative session, which will start Jan. 11.
The bill would create a program within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that would provide reimbursements for veterinary bills for retired dogs.
The department would contract with a nonprofit organization to administer the program. The bill calls for providing $300,000 a year for the program.