Donation By Memphis Police Association Helping Police Animals

Donation By Memphis Police Association Helping Police Animals

Retired Memphis police dogs don't have to worry about being on death row. The Memphis Police Association is paying to keep the old dogs alive.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Retired Memphis police dogs don't have to worry about being on death row. The Memphis Police Association is paying to keep the old dogs alive.

Earlier this year, city police director Toney Armstrong said the department could no longer afford to pay for food and vet care for the retired dogs.

And that is just part of two big donations from the police association's charitable foundation.

Inside the Memphis police stables is a new horse named Shield.

“This is actually the second horse that we bought the Memphis Police Department's mounted patrol,” Mike Williams of the Memphis Police Association said.

If you've ever been on Beale Street on weekends, you've seen the Memphis Mounties.

Horses are a great tool for crowed control. When a horse moves, you move.

Horses cost some serious dough. And don't forget the oats.

“They can accept horse that are donated, but those aren't the best horses. So they came to us and asked us if we could help them out and purchase some horses and we decided it would be a good thing to give back to the community,” Williams said.

The police association foundation is also going to make the retirement years rich with kibbles and bits to retired police dogs.

From now on, the association will pay for food and vet bills in order to make sure the canines don't live in a retirement that isn't fit for a dog.

“You work this dog 7,8,9,10 years and he has to be retired. If we didn't pick up that and if officers wouldn't take the dogs, then they were going to have to dispose the dogs and that's not something we want to happen,” Williams said.

It's something not widely known in Memphis.

The men and women who wear blue often have hearts of gold.
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