Nero’s Bill to Be Heard Thursday at the Statehouse

BOSTON – Nero’s Bill, which has been proposed by Barnstable State Representative Will Crocker, will be heard before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday at 9 AM at the State House.

Filed in January, the legislation would allow police K9s to be treated and transported by EMS if injured in the line of duty, if there is not a competing need for human transport. Current state law does not allow this.

It also requires that the care given to the dogs is consistent with standards approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.

It comes after the fatal shooting of Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon last year while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a home in Marstons Mills.

Gannon’s K-9 partner Nero was also shot, but had to wait for a retired K-9 officer to arrive and drive him to an emergency veterinary hospital, as current state law prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel.

Rep. Crocker and New Bedford State Senator Mark Montigny will host a briefing after the hearing at 10:30am to educate staffers and legislators about the bill.

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