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Retiring K-9 officers will get to stay with their partners

Posted at 9:09 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 10:09:50-05

In an overwhelming majority vote Tuesday, Texans chose to amend the state Constitution to allow K-9 officers to retire with their partners rather than be up for auction.

“It’s heartwarming to see the public get behind us on this issue,” Officer Mueller said.

Temple Police Officer Keith Mueller and his four-legged partner, Nino, have been working together for over 4 years.

Muller and Nino have worked together to "chase down bad guys" and find hidden narcotics.

“They use their sense of smell to do jobs that officers can’t do, and it’s really a vital asset,” Officer Mueller said.

Other cities in Bell County, like Belton and Copperas Cove, do not have K-9 units and must rely on the Sheriff’s office or surrounding cities when they need assistance from K-9s.

Now that Proposition 10 has passed, Officer Mueller said he is happy that Nino will get to come home with him when the K-9 retires.

“He goes to work with me. He comes home with me. He’s pretty much my partner all the time,” Officer Mueller said.