South Jersey Family Fights to Keep Beloved SEPTA K-9

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WENONAH, N.J. -

A Pennsylvania transit officer's family is fighting to keep their beloved K-9, which helped them heal from the loss of a son.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) K-9 Abel has been living with his handler, Officer Richard Galanti and his family in Gloucester County, for the past five years. But last week, SEPTA announced Galanti would be transferred out of the K-9 division and Abel would be placed in a kennel and reassigned to a new officer.

The family offered to buy the department a new dog, but that offer was turned down.

SEPTA Chief Tom Nestel says while the decision was difficult, moving Abel would allow him to serve his community longer.

The family has since started a petition on change.org, and has received more than 53,000 signatures so far.

SEPTA has declined to say why Galanti was transferred.

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