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2022 – Nero’s Law

S. 2573: An Act allowing humane transportation of K9 partners aka Nero’s law

MSPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Representative Steven Xiarhos and Senator Mark Montigny
Status: Passed by the Senate on November 10, 2021. Passed by the House on February 3, 2022. Signed by the Governor February 15, 2022, Chapter 23 of the Acts of 2022.

Photo from Yarmouth Police Department Facebook

This bill allows a police dog (a dog owned by a police department or police agency of the Commonwealth, or any political subdivision thereof, that is used by the department or agency for official duties) injured in the line of duty to be transported in an ambulance if there is not competing need for human transport. Similar laws already exist in several other states. California, Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin allow pre-veterinary treatment for dogs and cats by EMS. Mississippi, New York, Illinois, and Michigan allow for police K9s to be transported by EMS. And Maine allows for police K9s and service dogs to be treated and transported by EMS. Similar bills are pending in eight additional states.

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 treated by emergency medical personnel due to existing state law that prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel.

This legislation will:


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
Walter F. Timilty Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth
Patrick M. O’Connor Plymouth and Norfolk
Nick Collins First Suffolk
John F. Keenan Norfolk and Plymouth
Anne M. Gobi Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex
Jason M. Lewis Fifth Middlesex
Sal N. DiDomenico Middlesex and Suffolk
John J. Cronin Worcester and Middlesex

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
Tami L. Gouveia 14th Middlesex
Edward R. Philips 8th Norfolk
Sally P. Kerans 13th Essex
Natalie M. Blais 1st Franklin
Meghan Kilcoyne 12th Worcester
Vanna Howard 17th Middlesex
David M. Rogers 24th Middlesex
Paul K. Frost 7th Worcester
James J. O’Day 14th Worcester
Tackey Chan 2nd Norfolk
Linda Dean Campbell 15th Essex
Rob Consalvo 14th Suffolk
Norman J. Orrall 12th Bristol
James M. Kelcourse 1st Essex
Marcos A. Devers 16th Essex
Richard M. Haggerty 30th Middlesex
Carlos González 10th Hampden
Marc T. Lombardo 22nd Middlesex
Jack Patrick Lewis 7th Middlesex
Tram T. Nguyen 18th Essex

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