• 6 Pittsburgh airport officers sue for K-9 overtime


    PITTSBURGH - Six police officers whose K-9s help patrol Pittsburgh International Airport have sued for overtime pay.

    An Allegheny County spokeswoman refused to comment on the federal lawsuit filed Monday.

    The lawsuit contends the officers had been paid $10 per day to buy food and accessories for the dogs, but were not paid for time spent caring for the dogs beyond their 40-hour airport work week.

    According to the lawsuit, the county agreed to pay the officers more than $62,000 for unpaid overtime during a wage-and-hour investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor from April 2009 and 2011. And since January 2012, the county has agreed to pay the officers for an extra hour per day, plus $15 to care for the dogs.

    But the lawsuit says the county still owes overtime from April through December 2011.

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