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A new law proposed in Massachusetts would allow police dogs injured in the line of duty to be transported to medical facilities by emergency medical services (EMS). Proposed by Massachusetts Rep. Steven Xiarhos, Nero’s Law is under consideration.
Xiarhos introduced the bill in honor of his human partner, Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon and police dog Nero. Gannon was killed in a shooting that also injured Nero.
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“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,” Xiarhos said, according to local station WCBV. “K9 Nero 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.”
The bill would “allow humane transportation of K9 partners,” including service dogs, accelerant-detection dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs.
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According to the MSPCA, “Nero suffered life-threatening injuries” during the shooting “and was unable to be rescued due to existing state law that prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel. Instead, Nero had to wait nearly four hours before a retired K9 police officer could arrive on scene to retrieve Nero and help with his injuries before he was driven to the emergency veterinary hospital,” the group shared.
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