UK commissioner creates 'pensions' for police dogs

The police and crime commissioner in the English county of Nottinghamshire wants to reward police dogs with "pensions" on retirement.

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jeremy Aldrich, attached to the K-9 Unit, Naval Security Force, and his military working dog Tyson, a four-year-old blue Belgium Malinois, take a break for some fun at an obstacle course in Bahrain May 7, 2007. The two have worked together in Bahrain for 18 months. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos) (Released)

LONDON (AP) — They work hard, sniffing out crime with only the occasional pat on the nose in gratitude.

But police dogs deserve better, according to the police and crime commissioner in the English county of Nottinghamshire, who wants to reward them with "pensions" on retirement.

Paddy Tipping says the idea for a canine pension fund came about because officers were picking up the costs for retired police dogs. Handlers normally take dogs home upon retirement. Tipping, however, says he doesn't "think it's fair that they have to pay all the bills."

The plans announced Monday will be rolled out next month. Up to 500 pounds ($800) annually will be given to handlers for three years to cover veterinary bills for work-related injuries or illness.

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