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Nero’s Law

S. 1606/H. 2547: An Act providing for the care and transportation of police dogs injured in the line of duty, a.k.a. “Nero’s Bill” and “Nero’s Law”

MSPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Representative Steven Xiarhos and Senator Mark Montigny
Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security


Photo from Yarmouth Police Department Facebook

This bill would allow a law enforcement dog injured in the line of duty to be transported in an ambulance if there is not competing need for human transport.

The town of Yarmouth suffered an incredible tragedy in April of 2018 when Sergeant Sean Gannon was killed in the line of duty. Also injured in this vicious attack was Gannon’s canine partner, Nero. Nero suffered life-threatening injuries and was unable to be rescued due to existing state law that prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel. Instead, Nero had to wait nearly four hours before a retired K9 police officer could arrive on scene to retrieve Nero and help with his injuries before he was driven to the emergency veterinary hospital.

This legislation would:

 

Bill Co-Sponsors

Updated 3/1/2021

State Senators:

Name District/Address
Mark C. Montigny Second Bristol and Plymouth
Bruce E. Tarr First Essex and Middlesex
Susan L. Moran Plymouth and Barnstable
Julian Cyr Cape and Islands
Michael O. Moore Second Worcester
Michael D. Brady Second Plymouth and Bristol
Ryan C. Fattman Worcester and Norfolk
Diana DiZoglio First Essex
John C. Velis Second Hampden and Hampshire

State Representatives:

Name District/Address
Steven G. Xiarhos 5th Barnstable
Alyson M. Sullivan 7th Plymouth
Mathew J. Muratore 1st Plymouth
Patrick Joseph Kearney 4th Plymouth
Adam J. Scanlon 14th Bristol
David T. Vieira 3rd Barnstable
Timothy R. Whelan 1st Barnstable
Sarah K. Peake 4th Barnstable
Christopher Hendricks 11th Bristol
Colleen M. Garry 36th Middlesex
Brian M. Ashe 2nd Hampden
Hannah Kane 11th Worcester
Steven S. Howitt 4th Bristol
Bradley H. Jones, Jr. 20th Middlesex
Alan Silvia 7th Bristol
Patricia A. Duffy 5th Hampden
Paul McMurtry 11th Norfolk
David F. DeCoste 5th Plymouth
Kimberly N. Ferguson 1st Worcester
Joseph D. McKenna 18th Worcester
William M. Straus 10th Bristol
Shawn Dooley 9th Norfolk
Kathleen R. LaNatra 12th Plymouth
Kelly W. Pease 4th Hampden
Michael J. Soter 8th Worcester
Patricia A. Haddad 5th Bristol
Carole A. Fiola 6th Bristol
David K. Muradian, Jr. 9th Worcester
Todd M. Smola 1st Hampden
Susan Williams Gifford 2nd Plymouth
Jacob R. Oliveira 7th Hampden
Thomas M. Stanley 9th Middlesex
Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. 12th Hampden
David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf 17th Worcester
Jessica Ann Giannino 16th Suffolk
Kip A. Diggs 2nd Barnstable
Ann-Margaret Ferrante 5th Essex
Gerard J. Cassidy 9th Plymouth
Sheila C. Harrington 1st Middlesex
Kenneth I. Gordon 21st Middlesex
Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr. 28th Middlesex
Bradford Hill 4th Essex
Paul F. Tucker 7th Essex
James M. Murphy 4th Norfolk
Andres X. Vargas 3rd Essex
William C. Galvin 6th Norfolk
Angelo L. D’Emilia 8th Plymouth
Carol A. Doherty 3rd Bristol
Carmine Lawrence Gentile 13th Middlesex
Dylan A. Fernandes Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket
Michael P. Kushmerek 3rd Worcester
Antonio F. D. Cabral 13th Bristol
David Allen Robertson 19th Middlesex
John Barrett, III 1st Berkshire
F. Jay Barrows 1st Bristol
Kevin G. Honan 17th Suffolk
Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr. 5th Worcester
Kate Lipper-Garabedian 32nd Middlesex
Josh S. Cutler 6th Plymouth
Christina A. Minicucci 14th Essex

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