K-9 to be re­united with for­mer han­dler

The Citizens' Voice - - State -

A Penn­syl­va­nia tran­sit po­lice of­fi­cer and his fam­ily will be re­united with the po­lice dog they say helped them heal af­ter the death of a son.

The South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity had planned to pair the dog with an­other han­dler af­ter trans­fer­ring Of­fi­cer Richard Galanti out of the K-9 divi­sion.

Galanti’s wife started an on­line pe­ti­tion to keep the dog, which had lived with them in Wenonah, New Jer­sey, for five years. She said the dog, named Abal, had been a com­fort to the fam­ily af­ter the death of a 14-year-old son.

More than 160,000 peo­ple signed the pe­ti­tion.

The agency said last week that Abal would be re­tired due to health is­sues and made avail­able for adop­tion by the Galanti fam­ily.

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