Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has continued his support of retired police dogs from the People Power Fund.
Police dogs are an integral part of policing across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, providing an invaluable service to reduce crime and increase community safety.
Although they may retire at a young age, due to illness or injury which may have been sustained as part of their duty, police dogs retiring from service do not receive any financial support and adopters are often unable to source insurance for ongoing veterinary bills.
In order to take away the financial pressure of ongoing treatment, the Retired Police Dogs Fund has received £1,000 from Staffordshire PCC’s People Power Fund.
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, said: “Police dogs provide an invaluable service working alongside officers to ensure the public are kept safe.
“The Staffordshire Retired Police Dog charity does such a great job in looking after these dogs after they retire and I wanted to give the dogs something back for their service.
Hayley Birkin, Chairperson for the fund, said: ‘The Staffordshire Retired Police Dog Fund was established five years ago to raise funds and awareness of the retired Staffordshire police dogs and ensure the dogs enjoy a long and healthy retirement.
‘Last year the fund raised £7,000 and assisted in the veterinary costs of retired dogs.
‘The fund has received £1,000 from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner which will be used to offer support in the form of a pension to any retired Staffordshire police dog that needs assistance.’
Anyone interested in donating can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.staffsretiredpolicedogs.org
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