Florida governor signs bill allowing police K9 to receive treatment if injured on the job

The law will go into effect July 1.


In the past, the treatment of animals, both wild and stray, was poorer than it is today. While humans didn’t care of the well-being of the creatures we share this planet with, nowadays, with the hard work of animal loves and advocates, as well as numerous animal rights organizations, animals are given all the rights to live the lives they deserve.

A number of countries are passing laws which prevent wild animals from being part of circuses, and the punishments regarding animal abuse and neglect become more severe with each passing year.

Recently, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill which will allow first responders to treat and transport injured K9 officers. It will go into effect starting from June 1, 2021.

Up until now, medics were forbidden from helping K9 dogs, and luckily, that’s about to change.

According to First Coast News, the medical personnel involved in helping and treating K9s will be exempt from criminal or civil liability, and they will be allowed to transport injured canines to nearby hospitals and veterinarian offices.

In his speech, governor DeSantis said: “We all have a soft spot in our hearts for our four-legged friends. 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,” as reported by Fox 13 News.

We truly hope other states will follow this example and increase the chances of survival at K9 dogs injured during catching criminals and protecting their human partners.