I love how the writers of all these K9 articles work to get dog related puns into their titles…
In his dogged pursuit of suspects, Bosco was punched and kicked but never deterred.
“He’d gladly take his last breath protecting us,” said Tampa police Officer Jason Tkach.
But the rigors of life as a police dog left Bosco with a back injury and the 7-year-old German shepherd retired in October.
When a police dog retires due to age or injury, the city stops paying medical bills, leaving the animal’s new owner to pick up the tab. Police handlers get right of first refusal to keep their dogs and, generally, say yes.
Tkach, Bosco’s handler and former partner, hopes a new organization will defer some of those costs and perhaps one day help pay for a memorial to police dogs.