Ambulance service now available for injured Ill. K-9s

If injured in the line of duty, K-9s will be transported by ambulance to a vet clinic or a similar emergency facility

By EMS1 Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — K-9s injured in the line of duty in Illinois will now be transported by ambulance. 

House Bill 2661 allows K-9s to be transported to veterinary clinics or similar facilities by ambulance if injured on duty, as long as no people require transport at the time, WPSD reported.

"Police dogs are often unsung heroes," Sen. Tom Cullerton told the Chicago Daily Herald. "If there are not any people in line that need to receive medical attention, our state's police K-9s should be able to receive the necessary precautions to save their lives so they can return to keeping our streets and communities safe."

"This is an investment in humanity and public safety that needs to be protected," he said.

The bill was signed into law Wednesday and goes into effect on Jan. 1. 

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