A new Florida law now allows first responders to treat and transport injured police K9’s hurt in the line of duty.
On Friday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill from St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office speeding up life-saving medical care for the four-legged police partners.
Before, state law “prohibited emergency workers from rendering aid to police dogs if they were injured in the line of duty.”
“We all have a soft spot in our hearts for our four-legged friends,” DeSantis said prior to signing the bill. “They’re really incredible, incredible friends. The police use K9s very effectively. These K9s use their unique capabilities to save lives and protect our communities in Florida. Sometimes, they are the first to put their lives on the line.”
Under the bill, SB 388, EMTs would be allowed to give care to K9s at the scene and transport them for emergency care the same way they would for an injured human officer.
Last year, a bill was signed to increase penalties for those who injure or kill K9 officers in Florida.
Back in 2019, a St. Petersburg police dog, Titan, was shot along with a Pinellas County deputy. And in 2017, a suspect threw flaming liquid on a Tampa police officer and his companion K-9, Indo.