Will County’s State’s Attorney Wants State To Help Retired K9 Cops

Bernie Tafoya
August 16, 2018 - 12:38 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Will County’s state’s attorney wants to see the state pay some respect to police dogs after they’re through serving their communities. 

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said canine cops sniff out drugs, explosives and even hidden electronic devices, not to mention having more physical duties.  

He said he’s going to come up with legislation to care for the medical needs of police dogs after they’ve retired.  

“When a dog is 10, he’s retired. And, at that point, he could have been shot, could have been hit by a car, could have gone through all kinds of things in the field that an average dog wouldn’t go through, so he’s probably going to need a little bit more med care in his waning years and that financial responsibility falls on the officer," Glasgow said.

“Bert Badertscher of Joliet, a police dog handler/officer, told me that his last dog saved his life at least three times. Now, Bernie, how do you put a price on that? How do you put a price on the service of that dog?”

He adds that, “certainly, if it’s a drug dog…..and there’s 100,000 dollars in that search warrant or whatever, certainly we can figure out a way where a percentage of that would go into this fund for him for the dog’s retirement.”

Glasgow also hopes to work with others to set aside a special cemetery for canine cops.