Petplan grants pet insurance coverage to 50 police dogs
This year, Petplan animal insurance welcomes 50 new working police dogs to its pack of protected animals. Through a joint effort with the National Police Dog Foundation, the company was able to offer grants for one year of fully funded pet insurance at 50K-9 (a tenfold increase over the five grants awarded the year last).
The recipients were selected from a national pool of applicants, many of whom represent police departments in small towns without funding for their K-9 program. Often the cost of caring for dogs has to come from donations or out of their owners’ pockets. No one knows better than Petplan how unexpected veterinary bills can wreak havoc on budgets, which is why the company is committed to helping ease this financial burden for our public servants, while ensuring the best possible medical care for hard working police dogs.
Many police departments cited concern for K-9 occupational hazards in their applications.
Seth Hager, a police sergeant in Huntersville, North Carolina, wrote, “Huntersville is a suburb of Charlotte calling for extreme and dangerous K-9 deployments. [Our K-9s] perform narcotics sniffs, article searches, fugitive arrests, high-risk SWAT warrants, and assist VICE’s narcotics division on a day-to-day basis.
Hawthorne, New Jersey, police chief Richard McAuliffe is also concerned about the risk of drug exposure from his K-9.
“[Neighboring city] Paterson is the third largest city in New Jersey with a significant volume and impact of narcotics trafficking within and outside our municipality. Nero is the only municipal K-9 narcotic in Passaic County,” he wrote.
The concern is well-founded — according to claims data from Petplan, treating exposure to illegal drugs cost an average of $782 in 2017.
Toxic substances aren’t the only threat K-9s face in the line of duty. Titan, a K-9 based in Fullerton, Calif., is trained in apprehending suspects as well as narcotics detection.
Fullerton Police Officer Matt Green wrote, “Being a K-9 arrest suspect, Titan will be exposed to dangerous situations. Thus, his chances of being injured are greater.
Injuries related to altercations with suspects could include broken bones (average $1,365* to treat), lacerations ($707*) and puncture wounds ($761*). If any of the 50 new Petplan grant recipients sustain these injuries, the cost of their care will be covered.
Of course, in addition to the work-related dangers that come with being a police dog, K-9s face the same risks of illness and accidental injury as any family pet – like the police department. of Latrobe, Pennsylvania learned this the hard way when his previous K-9 had to be put down after undergoing multiple surgeries to treat aggressive cancer.
Latrobe Police Chief James Bumar wrote, “Rocky had numerous health issues…we racked up thousands of dollars in vet bills.
Fortunately, Latrobe’s new K-9 will be covered by Petplan, and cancer treatments (at an average cost of $2,321*) are covered as standard under Petplan policies.**
“Police dogs put their lives on the line every day for their communities, and they deserve access to the best medical care possible,” said Jim Reilly, president of the National Police Dog Foundation. “We are so grateful to Petplan for helping to protect the health of these four-legged heroes.”
The K-9 Health Insurance Fund was first established in 2017 with a donation from Petplan, which was used to fund the initial five grants. Petplan donates $50 to the fund for every new pet insurance policy booked using the campaign code “NPDF10”, with additional funds raised by the National Police Dog Foundation and contributed by public donors .
Below is a full list of the 50 Petplan and National Police Dog Foundation grant recipients for 2018.
Kratos, Cottonwood Police Department (Cottonwood, AZ)
Axel, Apple Creek Village Police Department (Apple Creek, OH)
Rico, Prairie du Chien Police Department (Prairie du Chien, WI)
Kaz, Huntington Park Police Department (Huntington Park, CA)
Tracker, Silver Spring Township Police Department (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania)
Edo, Perryville Police Department (Perryville, MO)
Max, Upper Moreland Township Police Department (Willow Grove, PA)
Nero, Hawthorne Police Department (Hawthorne, NJ)
Elvis, Waxhaw Police Department (Waxhaw, North Carolina)
LucyJo, Albion Department of Public Safety (Albion, MI)
Sniper, Geauga Park District (Chardon, OH)
Cupa, Paris Public Security (Paris, TX)
Rudy, Upland Police Department (Upland, CA) (pictured above)
Coale, Amory Police Department (Amory, MS)
Jackson, Pound Police Department (Pound, Virginia)
Norris, St. Clair Township Police Department (East Liverpool, OH)
Charr, Clintonville Police Department (Clintonville, WI)
Blitz, Bradley Police Department (Bradley, IL)
Bragi, Ripley Police Department (Ripley, OH)
Bryan Lawrence, Senior Police Department (Superior, AZ)
Stihl, Huntersville Police Department (Huntersville, North Carolina)
Pancho, Newton Police Department (Newton, KS)
Nitro, Gulf Shores Police Department (Gulf Shores, AL)
Nanuk, Gladstone Police Department (Gladstone, OR)
Lobo, Glendale Heights Police Department (Glendale, IL)
Zane, New Braunfels Police Department (New Braunfels, TX)
Vito, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department (Albuquerque, NM)
Ayke, Ector County Sheriff’s Office (Odessa, TX)
Radko, Berlin Borough Police Department (Berlin, NJ)
Ivar, Decatur Police Department (Decatur, IN)
Jet, Park Rapids Police Department (Park Rapids, MN)
Jake, Dayton Police Department (Dayton, Ohio)
Oskar, Tremonton Police Department (Tremonton, UT)
Ranger, Benton Police Department (Benton, IL)
Axel, Pflugerville Police Department (Pflugerville, TX)
Trexx, Highland Park Police Department (Highland Park, MI)
Luke, Atascadero Police Department (Atascadero, CA)
Titan, Fullerton Police Department (Fullerton, CA)
Zane, Lewisboro City Police Department (South Salem, NY)
Akiro, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (Santa Fe, NM)
Zeus, Latrobe Police Department (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)
Takoda, Fort Bragg Police Department (Fort Bragg, CA)
Robbi, Franklin Police Department (Franklin, MA)
Hulk, Brookings Police Department (Brookings, OR)
Max, Sedona Police Department (Sedona, AZ)
Puma, Green Bay Police Department (Green Bay, WI)
Axel, East Ridge Police Department (East Ridge, TN)
Max, Altoona Police Department (Altoona, WI)
Tello, California City Police Department (California City, CA)
Lando, Oshkosh Police Department (Oshkosh, WI)
*Average treatment costs based on 2017 Petplan claims data. **Subject to Petplan policy terms and conditions.