A police officer who served in Michigan City, Indiana, and his K-9 partner have been reunited in death after a law that was revised to allow working dogs to be buried next to their human partners/companions went into effect in the state last week.
“Henry’s Law” revises a law that prohibits animals from being buried with their human friends. Henry, the Michigan City Police K-9 the law was named after, was buried above his human partner, Michigan City Police Officer Rob Grant, who committed suicide in August 2015, according to The Northwest Indiana Times.
Friends and family members of Grant sought assistance from State Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), asking him to champion legislation that would allow for the change in current law to make exceptions for police K-9s and service animals. Pelath introduced House Bill 1374, which allowed the remains of K-9s or service animals to be buried next to, or scattered above, the graves of their handlers. It passed both chambers of the statehouse and was signed by Gov. Mike Pence, according to Fox59 News.
Michigan City Police Officer Doug Samuelson, a close friend and co-worker of Grant, watched Henry fade away with a broken heart after Grant’s death. Samuelson, hoping that the law would be revised, held onto the cremated remains of Grant’s K-9 partner.
“They were almost as one when they were working. They knew each other and knew what each other wanted,” Samuelson told The Northwest Indiana Times. “They took care of each other and worked well together.”