Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 226 June 10, establishing the Care for Retired Police Dogs program.

The bill, a legislative priority of the Animal Law Section, creates a $300,000 recurring funds program under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide subsidized veterinary care for retired law enforcement dogs.

“In Florida we back the blue, and that includes the K-9s that are often the first to go into a dangerous situation,” DeSantis said. “After dedicating their lives to protecting and serving our communities, it is important that we ensure that these K-9s are cared for by providing the resources necessary for handlers or adopters to afford their veterinary care.”