March 13th is K9 Veterans Day

Assemblyman Santabarbara to recognize police and rescue dogs from Schenectady Police Department and the Schenectady and Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Departments

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara attended a special gathering at the State Capitol on Monday, March 13th, in observance of K9 Veterans Day. The event aims to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of military, police, and rescue dogs across New York State. Local service dogs from the Schenectady Police Department, as well as the Schenectady County and Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Departments, will be present. Following the ceremony, a resolution will be presented in the State Assembly, officially designating March 13th as K-9 Veterans Day in New York State, honoring the enduring service and protection provided by these remarkable animals. From their historic roles in World War II to their ongoing duties today, military and law enforcement canine units hold a cherished place in American history.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara remarked, “Throughout American history, courageous dogs have demonstrated remarkable acts of heroism and valor, often putting their lives on the line to safeguard our communities. It is with deep respect for these dedicated service dogs that we gather here at the state Capitol for ‘K9 Veterans Appreciation Day.’ Recognizing the unwavering devotion, loyalty, and bravery of these remarkable animals is paramount for New York State, honoring both their past sacrifices and their ongoing commitment to keeping us safe.”


WHO: Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Schenectady County Sheriff, Schenectady Police Department, and K9 handlers accompanied by their service dogs from Montgomery and Schenectady Counties

WHAT: K9 Veterans Day at the New York State Capitol

WHERE: LCA Press Room, Room 130 Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12224

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13th, 1pm