K9 officers are used throughout the state of Florida, and yes, they do risk getting hurt. Now, they can more easily get the treatment they need.
Governor Ron Desantis signed into law a bill he referred to as ‘overdue’. If a K9 officer is injured in the line of duty, the K9 can now be treated by EMTs and paramedics. K9s can also be transported using ambulances.
Senate Bill 388 was signed into defines the “act relating to injured police canines”. The bill authorizes “licensed life support services to transport injured police canines under certain circumstances; authorizing a paramedic or an emergency medical technician to provide emergency medical care to injured police canines under certain circumstances”. The circumstances referred to are that there’s no other individual who needs the ambulance transport at the time.
“Law enforcement K-9s are often the first to put their lives on the line as they work to apprehend dangerous or armed suspects in high-intensity situations. From responding to fires to finding missing persons to detecting narcotics or explosives, law enforcement dogs use their unique abilities to rescue victims and detect danger. I’m proud to sign this legislation today to ensure they quickly receive the care needed to recover when injured in the line of duty.”
We all have a soft spot for our four-legged companions, especially the ones that keep our families and our law enforcement safe. @FLCaseyDeSantis and I were proud to sign a bill that will guarantee care for K9s wounded on the job. https://t.co/1LIM69PpHY pic.twitter.com/fjaEs8vurE— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 18, 2021
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