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Police Dog Transport Bill Heads To Ohio Senate

A K9 getting pet by the handler during a demonstration.
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Police dogs injured in the line of duty often have to be rushed to veterinary hospitals, but they’re not always taken in ambulances like their human partners.

A bill introduced in September permits ambulances to transport injured police dogs. Democratic Representative Adam Miller (D-Columbus) said without it, there’s nothing in law that expressly allows that to happen.

“In a public law context, you have to have positive authority to authorize transport. If you don’t, you are putting the provider of the service in a situation that could be really problematic for them,” said Miller.

The bill passed with only one no vote in the House. It now goes to the Ohio Senate.