Berkeley County police dog handler sues over pay

Published: Jun. 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM EDT
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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - A Berkeley County deputy has sued the county, saying it did not pay him for the time he spends taking care of his police dog.

James Blakely filed the lawsuit in federal court in May. A second deputy has joined him.

The officers are suing under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit says the law requires police departments to pay officers with police dogs for the time they take care of their animals.

Charleston and North Charleston Police pay their police dog handlers for extra hours to train and take care of the dogs.

The county says it does not talk about pending lawsuits.

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