Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would allow first responders to treat and transport injured police K9s. Previously, EMTs and paramedics were prohibited from helping the four-legged officers.
DeSantis signed the bill Friday morning and the law will go into effect July 1.
The bill, which didn’t receive a single vote against it during the entire process, allows first responders to provide care to K9s just as they would a human.
They would also be allowed to transport an injured dog to the veterinarian or nearby hospital.
It also states that any medical personnel who acts in good faith while providing emergency care to the canine officer is exempt from criminal or civil liability, according to First Coast News.
“We all have a soft spot in our hearts for our four-legged friends,” DeSantis said. “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.”
Hopefully this will increase the chances of survival when a K9 gets injured and possibly lead to other states creating similar laws.
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