A bill that went before the Senate today would allow for Emergency Medical Technicians to authorize for transport of police dogs who were injured in the line of duty. The decisions would be left up to the EMT’s to take the K-9 officer to a veterinary clinic, hospital emergency department or similar facility if there are not people who require medical attention. The bill was authored by Sen. Tollison and Sen. Michel and passed on the floor. It will now head to the House.
- An EMT, EMT-A, EMR, or Paramedic may transport a police dog injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic, hospital emergency department or similar facility if there are no persons requiring medical attention or transport at that time. For the purposes of this subsection, “police dog” means a dog owned or used by a law enforcement department or agency in the course of the department or agency’s work, including a search and rescue dog, service dog, accelerant detection canine, or other dog that is in use by a county, municipal, or state law enforcement agency.