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February 21, 2017

Philly Police receive orthopedic beds to help keep K-9 unit healthy

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022117_dogs_beds Philadelphia Police Department/for PhillyVoice

A local company hopes to take a load off the legs of Philadelphia's K-9 unit so officers have a better chance at a good night's rest.

On Tuesday, King of Prussia-based business Big Barker donated new orthopedic beds for dogs to the Philadelphia Police Department. All 42 members of the city's K-9 officers received their very own bed.

Started in 2006, the company provides supportive bedding that reduces the stress on larger dogs' joints and pressure points. The beds feature seven inches of foam that remove the need for larger dogs to lift themselves off the ground. On the company's website, the beds retail for approximately $250 and are designed for dogs that weigh at least 80 pounds.

Police said large, four-legged officers are susceptible to a range of joint problems and diseases that are often prevented with the right bedding. Common ailments include canine arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Commissioner Richard Ross and the K-9 unit handlers attended the press conference and were grateful for the luxury beds that will improve the dogs' quality of life.