ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two local lawmakers are pushing for K-9 officers to receive the recognition they deserve.
K-9 Sarge goes to work every day with Investigator Bill Rice of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
“He’s with me 24 hours a day seven days a week,” Rice said. “And I know he’d give his life to protect me.”
From serving law enforcement officers to helping protect the military overseas, K-9s are devoted to their partners.
“It’s important we recognize our service dogs,” Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said. “They have served our soldiers overseas.”
Two lawmakers joined with veterans and police officers at the Legislative Office Building on Friday to push for a bill that would recognize March 13 as K-9 Veterans Day in New York.
“Other states are doing this already,” Santabarbara said.
“Our dogs go out there and they do protect and serve the community they are assigned to,” Rice said.
The 11 other states, including Florida and New Jersey, currently have K-9 Veterans Day. If you want to help New York get on board, the assemblyman says to contact your local legislator and have them sponsor the bill.