City legislators want to protect police dogs from housing discrimination.
City Councilmen Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said that officers assigned to the K-9 unit are required to live with their police dogs, but some landlords consider the dogs as pets instead of working animals.
The bill “will keep our community safer by keeping police officers and their K-9 partners living in the city in which they serve, rather than forcing them to move to the more affordable suburbs,” said Wicelinski.
Lancman said this legislation would recognize “the critically important role that the K-9 unit and its counterparts in state and federal government play in keeping our city safe from terror and drug-trafficking.”
The bills intends to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to protect the dogs.