Unfortunately, in San Francisco, these brave police dogs don't get help post-retirement. A police dog faces the stresses of working on the streets, just as their human counterparts. These dogs are required to stand on guard at all times during their working shifts. They are sent in pursuit of fleeing suspects, they are asked to jump through and over obstacles. This kind of stress wears on the dogs over time.
While in uniform, all upkeep for the dogs is taken care of by the police department, ie. government money. Food and medical bills are covered. However, upon retirement, the dog owner is left with the bill. The dog handlers are usually the ones who take them in after retirement, since they were the ones with the initial bonds.
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