‘Working dog’ designated as NY’s official state dog

CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO AXEL, NOT AXLE - In this photo taken June 1, 2015, Lawrence Police Department Officer Matthew Hickey watches as his dog Axel performs a search drill at a school in Indianapolis. Axel, a 5-year-old German shepherd that spent three years in Afghanistan as a search and narcotics dog, will spend the rest of his working career in Indianapolis, where he’s been assigned to the Lawrence Township School District police force. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — From police K-9s to guide dogs for the blind, the “working dog” is now New York’s official state dog.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday adding trained working dogs to the list of official state creatures, which include the Eastern bluebird, beaver, brook trout, snapping turtle, striped bass and 9-spotted ladybug.

The breed of dog doesn’t matter. Cuomo said the new law celebrates any dog trained for service such as sniffing out drugs, searching for missing people, or assisting the disabled.

Eleven other states have designated official state dogs, but they’re all specific breeds. Maryland’s is the Chesapeake Bay retriever. Pennsylvania’s is the Great Dane, and Virginia’s is the American foxhound. The official state dog in Massachusetts is — of course — the Boston terrier.

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