Nero’s Bill Reported Favorably Out of Committee

Would permit police dogs to be treated, transported by rescue personnel...
State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville)

From State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville)

BOSTON – H.2037, An Act Providing for the Care and Transportation of Police Dogs Injured in the Line of Duty, otherwise known as Nero’s Bill, sponsored by State Representative Will Crocker (R-Centerville) was reported favorably out of committee on November 20, 2019.

“I am very pleased that Nero’s Bill has been reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security,” said Representative Crocker.  “I appreciate that the committee recognized how critical this bill is. This is a positive next step towards making an important piece of legislation law. K9 Officers are just as much a part of the police force as their human counterparts. Nero’s Bill will ensure that K9 Officers are afforded the care necessary to save their lives.”  

Nero’s Bill, was filed in response to the line of duty death of Yarmouth K9 Sergeant Sean Gannon and the injury of his K9 partner, Nero, in April of 2018.

Nero suffered life-threatening injuries and was unable to receive immediate emergency treatment due to existing state law that prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel.

The bill now awaits further committee assignment.


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