Animals that served the state could get financial support

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The Polish state will financially support retired animals trained for the state services, the interior ministry has proposed.

The ministry has prepared a draft bill that would “finally solve all the problems related to the functioning of these animals on a humanitarian basis,” Internal Minister Mariusz Kaminski said at a press conference on Thursday. “The state will provide lifelong financial support and veterinary care.

"At the moment, we have about a thousand dogs and several dozen horses,” he added. “They are extraordinary animals, with extraordinary predispositions, outstandingly intelligent and well-trained.”

“Thanks to them many human lives have been saved, many dangerous criminals have been caught,” he continued. “Concern for their fate in the services, and especially outside the services, is our ethical duty."