NY medics train to treat K-9s

A new law allows medics to treat and transport police dogs injured in the line of duty

By Rachel Elzufon

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Law enforcement agencies say the number of police K9 injuries and deaths are on the rise across the country. That prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass a new law allowing EMS providers to use their ambulances to transport dogs to emergency vet care.

A paramedic with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department will be teaching other first responders how to treat an injured police dog.

"There could be times I could be incapacitated, something could happen to me, and the dog might need attention," explained Brent Costello, the K9 Officer with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

Read full story: Training to save dogs in the line of duty

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