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Poland to pay pensions for dogs and horses that served in forces, after retirement

World News: In a gesture of moral obligation towards the animals that serve that state forces, Poland came up with a new bill to provide pension money to these animal’s post-retirement. The proposed bill plans to cover the costs for dogs and horses that served in the nation’s Police, Border Police and Fire Service department of the state.

World News: In a gesture of moral obligation towards the animals that serve that state forces, Poland came up with a new bill to provide pension money to these animal’s post-retirement. The proposed bill plans to cover the costs for dogs and horses that served in the nation’s Police, Border Police and Fire Service department of the state.

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Dogs and Horses are greatly utilised by state forces around the world everywhere. Dogs are used by police forces to sniff and catch criminals and their illegal goods. They are used by the fire departments to sniff out live or dead people stuck under rummages of collapsed buildings. Border guards use dogs to trace the footsteps of illegal infiltrators along borders.

Similarly Horses as well are of great use by the police, to position themselves at a higher stance to intimidate rioters and use them to commute to places wherever powered vehicles cannot go, mostly rough terrain. These animals do retire and once retired they do have a hard time to live on their own as they lose their sole purpose they were trained for.

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Following the appeal from caretakers and handlers of the service animals, the Interior Ministry has moved forward with drafting a new bill to extend protection and cover pricey medical costs to the four-legged service members. The new proposed bill will cover the future of 1,200 dogs and 60 horses currently in service of the state.

Most of the dogs in service are either of Belgian or German Shepherd breeds in Poland. Caretakers and handlers of these service animals welcomed the bill and Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski has said that the bill should get a unanimous backing in parliament when presented by the end of this year. The Interior Minister claimed that 10% of animals retire every year from service.

A retired policeman who currently runs “The Veterans’ Corner” a service centre for retired animals, named Slawomir Walkowiak says that this will be a relief for caretakers’ finances, as medical costs usually are high as thousands of zlotys for service animals that are getting old. His shelter at Girelatowo also houses horses in a spacious paddock.

He says, that retired dogs that are usually trained to chase and bite criminals on the run are simply put in farms to watch over cattle and this is not useful as the dogs might end up hurting the cattle it was supposed to take care. They may damage households and behave aggressively after retirement. Animals are not good at rehabilitating themselves.

Similarly, another police officer Dariusz Malkowski who handles a police horse, named Rywal says that he needs to pay at least 2,500 zlotys every month for stables to keep his horse, after its retirement.

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“These animals have worked for the state, they have done their jobs well and they should be entitled to health care and proper retirement on green pastures in the case of horses,” says Sgt. Katarzyna Kuczynska another police officer that handles her police horse names Romek.