Law enforcement K9s can now receive emergency treatment and be allowed to be transported in emergency vehicles. Governor Ron DeSanti signed this bill into law on Friday.
This bill allows emergency medical technicians and paramedics safe from civic and criminal liabilities when giving treatment to an injured police k9.
I think this is something that’s overdue. I think it will end up potentially saving the lives of some of our K9s, and I know that that’s something that many of us would like to see.DeSantis
According to St. Johns County Sheriff, the bill shows the significance of the relationship between officers and their deputies. This bill approves emergency vehicles like ambulances to transport law enforcement K9s to a vet clinic.
It also allows paramedics and EMTS to offer emergency care and attention to police k9s at the emergency scene. The founder of K9s United, Debbie Johnson talked about the importance of this decision.
She maintained that k9 Bane was trapped in the car of his handler in 2020. The car had caught fire which prevented the handler from opening the car doors. The handler broke the windows of the SUV and kept the fire off Bane.
Debbie maintained that Bane was seriously injured and had to receive oxygen and an IV and a call was made to transport Bane to a vet. Bane has now recovered fully and still works for ATF.