The bond between people and their dogs are strong. Just think how much stronger that bond is between police officers and their K-9 partner.

A bill was signed to allowed Illinois officers to adopt their K-9 dog when they're retired for the force.

ABC7 Chicago reports that Governor Rauner signed bill SB3129 into effect that now allows police officers and handlers to adopt their K-9 dog when they enter retirement.

This new law states that the "dogs will first be offered to an officer for adoption or be given to a no-kill shelter."

Previously, when the dogs were retired the police chief or village/ city manager made the decision of where and how the dogs were handled.

I think this a great. These police officers rely on these dogs everyday they're on the job and the bond they have of trust and love would be so hard to separate them. This law no makes it possible for them to always be together.