Mass. Bill To Help Protect Police Dogs Advances On Beacon Hill

Photo: Yarmouth Police Dept.

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A bill in the state legislature that is strongly supported by law enforcement has advanced and is one step closer to becoming law in Massachusetts.

The legislation is named Nero's Law, after the Yarmouth police dog severely injured in the same shooting that killed Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon.

The bill cleared a major legislative hurdle and will move forward on Beacon Hill, after it received a favorable report from the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

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Nero's Law would allow EMT's to treat police dogs who are hurt in the line of duty. In April of 2018, Gannon and Nero were shot while serving an arrest warrant at a Barnstable home.

First responders at the scene were legally prohibited from rendering assistance to Nero, and he was transported to a veterinarian's office in a police cruiser.

The bill will head to the Senate and House for further consideration.

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