Senate Bill 117 and Senate Bill 176 provide new services and care for police dogs.
DOVER, DE – On Thursday, August 10, 2023, Governor John Carney signed two bills into law that provide additional care and services for police K-9s into law. Both pieces of legislation were sponsored by Senate Republicans with wide bipartisan support.
Senate Bill 117 with Senate Amendment 1 (SB 117), sponsored by Senator Brian Pettyjohn (R – Georgetown), authorizes paramedics and other emergency medical service (EMS) providers to provide immediate care and transport to police dogs that are injured at the scene of an emergency. It also grants civil immunity to these personnel if their efforts to assist were in good faith.
“Police K-9s are an integral part of our law enforcement community,” Senator Pettyjohn said. “We must do all we can to provide the best level of care to not only the men and women in blue, but also to the police dogs that are often called to rush directly into danger.”
Senate Bill 176 (SB 176) was sponsored by Senator Dave Lawson (R – Marydel). This legislation requires the owner of a retired law enforcement canine be reimbursed up to $1,500 annually for veterinary care.
“I have seen first-hand the bravery and exceptionalism displayed by police K-9 units during my time as a Delaware State Trooper,” Senator Lawson stated. “It’s a tough and grueling job, and these canines require the best veterinary care post-retirement. I thank those who take in these retired police dogs and this new law will help provide financial relief to the individuals and families who care for these amazing canines.”
Both SB 117 and SB 176 passed the General Assembly unanimously.