Boston police officers have proposed a bill that will allow emergency responders to transport injured police dogs to veterinary clinics.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…
How is this not already a law?
But it turns out that, if a police dog were to be injured on duty, it would be the officer’s responsibility to seek out medical assistance…
And they would be unable to use police resources or the emergency services to get their 4-legged companions’ medical attention.
Of course, people have been disgusted upon hearing the news…
But now, Massachusetts Rep. Steven Xiarhos is looking for much-needed change.
Titled “Nero’s Law,” bill S.1431 is named after the heroic police dog, Nero, who was seriously injured in a 2018 shooting that tragically took the life of his human partner, Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon.
Though Nero survived the shooting, the MSPCA claims that the canine “suffered life-threatening injuries.”
And, thanks to existing state law that prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel, he was unable to be immediately rescued.
Nero had to wait for nearly 4 hours before a retired K9 police officer could arrive on the scene.
There, he was finally transported to the nearest veterinary clinic.
As per the Boston station, WCBV, Xiarhos said of the incident:
“I will never forget the sight of K9 Nero covered in blood and fighting for his life after being rescued by the brave police officers on that horrible day… He never gave up trying to protect his fallen hero.”
“Now it is time for us to fight for him.”
“And all the devoted police dogs across our Commonwealth who serve and protect their handlers and all of us, now and for generations to come.”
Well, if passed into law, this new legislation will finally allow “the humane transportation of K9 partners.”
As it would for service dogs, accelerant-detection dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs, too.
The bill goes on to explain what would be allowed for canines under EMS care…
Such as “opening and manually maintaining an airway,” “giving mouth-to-snout or mouth-to-barrier ventilation,” “administering oxygen,” and “immobilizing fractures.”
It isn’t yet known when the bill is expected to come into place.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.